Distance from Polonnaruwa – 3.2 km (7 minutes)
Hetadage is an ancient shrine situated in Polonnaruwa. It was built by King Nissanka Malla during the Polonnaruwa era in order to keep the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is believed to have been a two-storey structure of which the upper storey has been destroyed and only parts of the brick and stone walls still remain. Hetadage is close to the northern side of the Dalada Maluva and its entrance, which is towards the south, directly faces the entrance of the Polonnaruwa Vatadage. The Gal Potha and Atadage lies to the eastern and western sides of the Hetadage, respectively. The word “Heta” means sixty and the Hetadage is believed to have been made in sixty hours which gave it this name.
Getting to Hetadage
From Polonnaruwa travel approximately 3.2 km along the Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway towards Janapada Mawatha to reach the Hetadage.