Sathmahal Prasadaya – Polonnaruwa
Sathmahal Prasadaya is a pyramid-shaped, seven-storied building, a primarily shaped stupa built through the Polonnaruwa Period (11th -13th century).
There are four known square-shaped Stupas in Sri Lanka. The most famous is the Sathmahal Prasadaya. The rest of the three stupas can be found in the ancient Anuradhapura kingdom, infrequently visited by travellers. One of these stupas is Nakha Vehera. The other two belongs to the Abhayagiriya Monastic Complex. One of them is known as Eka Prasada Stupa. The other occupies west of Eth Pokuna on the western edge of the Abhayagiri Monastery.
It is said that comparable Stupa’s to Sathmahal Prasadaya can be observed in Cambodia and Siam. It is believed this has been established for the Cambodian soldiers working under the king as worship. The temple has four entrances from four sides. Additionally, there is a staircase to reach the upper levels. However, the person who built it, the initial name of it or the purpose is yet a puzzle.