Dippuyana, Dīppūyana: 1 definition

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Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Dippuyana or “island garden” refers to an ancient district of Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa), Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—[...] The most westerly part of the City was a Promontory which projected into Parakkamasamudda and was called the Dippuyana or “Island Garden”: on it were bathing pools, the Audience Hall, Council Chamber and other buildings, and it was territory reserved for the use of the king and the court. Adjoining it on the east was the Citadel or Royal Enclosure at the southern end of which stood the Palace. [...]

The Dīppūyana was laid out by Parakkamabāhu I who built within it:—

  1. the Dhavalāghāra or “white house”, made entirely of stucco;
  2. the Vijjāmaṇḍapa, a vimāna built “to show forth the various branches of science”;
  3. the Dolāmaṇḍapa or “swing pavilion”;
  4. the Kīlāmaṇḍapa or “sports pavilion”;
  5. the Sanimaṇḍapa or “pavilion of saturn”, made of ivorv;
  6. the Moramaṇḍapa or “peacock pavilion”;
  7. the Ādāsamaṇḍapa or “mirror pavilion” whose walls were mirrored;
  8. the Singāravimāna of 4 storeys, adorned with pictures;
  9. the Anantapokkharaṇī, a pond of stone whose layers resembled the coils of the Serpent king, Ananta;
  10. and the Cittāpokkharaṇī or “picture pond”, adorned with pictures.
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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