Distance from Anuradhapura – 5.1 km (13 minutes)
Ransimalakaya is situated along the path which leads to Ruwanweli Maha Seya and Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura. It is part of numerous ruins which have been fully or partially excavated in this location. The more popular one is the Lovamahapaya, which usually sees a large number of pilgrims and tourists. Ransimalakaya is situated opposite Lovamahapaya, on the other side of the road. Ruins of Ransimalakaya indicates that it used to be an open building. Few pillars made of granite, which used to support the roof of Ransimalakaya, can be seen today. The building is iconic as it is believed to have been used as the meeting hall of the monks of Maha Vihara. This is why Ransimalakaya is also known as “The Assembly Hall”. The body of Mahinda Thero is believed to have been kept at this location prior to cremation.
Getting to Ransimalakaya
From Anuradhapura travel along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway and turn onto Mihindu Mawatha to reach the Ransimalakaya which is situated along Swarnamali Mawatha in Anuradhapura.