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NALANDA GEDIGE

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An ancient Stone building made with a Pallavi Style. It is believed to have been constructed sometime between the 7th and 11th Centuries A. D. The Sinhalese monarchy was on the decline and South Indian kings were making their presence during this period. Architectural design of this temple is a fusion of Sinhalese and Tamil cultures that includes Tantric Buddhist carvings and Hindu elements. Some of the design elements are distinctly Hindu, such as the mandapam or hall of waiting. Yet there is no sign of Hindu gods. There are erotic but eroded Tantric Buddhist carvings, much like the famous ones at Khajuraho in India.