Province: Central Province
Deity:Kataragama deviyo or Devatha Bandara
Location: Udunuwara, Sri Lanka
Geographic coordinates: 07°13′04.5″N 80°34′03.8″E
Founder: King Vikramabahu III [during A.D. 1341 – 1357]
Sri Lankans have a long history of architecture and engraving. After the Mahindagamanaya, architectural skills in Sri Lanka were honed. However, the archeological ruins of the Sri Lankan people attest to the fact that this country’s people practiced their own artistic techniques since prehistoric times. Embekka dewalaya is a unique location among the many temples, palaces, and other structures that have been constructed since ancient times. The Embekka Dewalaya is so unique that it is not only for religious shrines, but also for the people’s artistic timber creations.
Embekka Devalaya is located in Kandy’s Udunuwara Embekka village. According to Sri Lankan legend, this was built by King Wickramabahu III, who reigned over Gampola from 1357 to 1374. Many people have strong feelings about the construction of the Embekka temple, which is based on woodworking architecture. “Embekke Warnanawa” is a Sinhala poetry book that contains a variety of information. According to the book, the artist who created the beautiful carvings is “Delmada Mulachari.”
Embekka dewalaya is a unique location among the many temples, palaces, and other structures that have been constructed since ancient times. The Embekka Dewalaya is so unique that it is not only for religious shrines but also for the people’s artistic timber creations.
The Embekke Dewalaya is made up of eight main structures. The courtyard also houses the king’s throne. The temple contains seven other structures. The “Maha Dewalaya” is the most important of these. This structure is also known as “Dik Geya/ Wedha Sitina Geya.” The gardens and the long, Rectangular four-story building that connects to it are known as “Maligawa.” It’s divided into four parts. “Dikgeya and Pirith Geya, Medha Dik Geya, Sadun Kudama, and Hevizi Mandapaya,” they are. At the entrance to the Dewalaya, there is a building called the “Wahalkada,” which has ten beautiful pillars. There are 32 visible wooden beams in the main building. The Hevizi pavilion is made up of 32 pillars. It measures 52 feet long by 25 feet wide. Beautiful carvings in the shafts and the height of the slopes are both appealing features. “Madol Kurupawa” is the attraction that draws visitors in.
Embekke Dewalaya is made up of eight main structures. “Madol Kurupawa” is the attraction that draws visitors in. There are 32 visible wooden beams in the main building. The Hevizi pavilion measures 52 feet long by 25 feet wide.
The Embekke Dewala’s most notable feature is its distinctive wooden carvings. These carvings are of high quality, and such wooden carvings can be found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. According to historical sources, the Embekka Dewala contains over 514 wooden carvings. The most impressive aspect of these carvings is the type of wood used, such as “Gammalu, Pihibiya, Nail, Jak.” Some of the wood carvings include the following: Atkada lihiniya, Berong bird, horse rider (Ashwarohaka), Gajasinghe, mother and child, nun, dragon, and lotus ( the specialty of the engraving of these carvings is that these carvings are made from different lotus flowers which differ from each other). The Embekke Devala emblems are built on stone, with each plywood made for a specific design. The poles’ first section is rectangular. Following that, it is octangular. The remainder is square. There are many beautiful engravings in each of these sections, which are decorated with carvings of animals and nuns. Embekka Dewalaya is a great example not only of a sacred place, but also of Sri Lankan architectural knowledge.
Embekka Dewala contains over 514 wooden carvings. The most impressive aspect of the wood used is the type of wood used, such as “Gammalu, Pihibiya, Nail, Jak” Embekke Devala emblems are built on stone, with each plywood made for a specific design.
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