On the way to the Quadrangle, dropped in at the temple of Shiva Devalaya (Shiva Devale No. 1).
Shiva is the god of destruction and transformation, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Devalaya is probably Deva Raya I (the year of birth is unknown, reigned 1406–1422 CE). He was a king of the Vijayanagara Empire (of the Sangama Dynasty) South India.
The Shiva Devalaya is located between the Royal Palace complex and the sacred Quadrangle.
Got off the car, went up the left side steps and entered the temple yard.
The builder of this Hindu Temple is not clearly identified. But its believed that this was constructed in 13th century AD by south Indian invaders.
This Devalaya is build mainly with the stonework, which were done very precisely and no plastering were done to connect the stone bricks to each other.
Today you can’t see the roof of the temple of Shiva Devalaya, but it is believed that the roof was done in bricks. The domed brick roof has collapsed.
According to the guidebook, “You can see the stone Shiva lingam (ශිවගේ) inside, it’s still worshiped by the people nowadays.”
When this temple has been excavated, there was a lot of excavated articles. Now you can see them in the Archaeological Museum of Polonnaruwa.
Except one standing statue, all of the statue fold thier legs. Why? If someone know it, please tell me.