Sri Lankan Monastic Architecture is the Second Volume in the outstanding Studies on Sri Lanka Series, deals with the Monastic Architecture of Sri Lanka, based on a historical significance of Polonnoruva, the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka, which is called Palasthipura in Medieval times. The situation of Polonnaruva midway between the earlier capital of Anuradhapura and Rohana.
A well-documented and critical Study of the History and development of Buddhist monasticism and monastic architecture of Sri Lanka. The growth of the City of Polonnurauva began with the reign of Vaijayabahu I. The activities of Vijayabahu I is the sphere of Buddhism could be discussed on resettlements of the Buddhist Monks, reintroduction of the Higher ordination and the revival of the Bhikkhu community.
While providing an overview of the Research in this area, The Author point out, the history of Polonnaruva and describe its monuments of Worship, ecclesialtical and residential buildings like Arama, Kuti, Avase, Viharam Parivena and Pasada all used as residences. The inner citadal is exclusively occupied by the royal palaces and other courtly buildings, ponds, Tooth relic Temple, Siva devale, Galvihara and there are some Other Ruins of Hindu Shrines dedicated to Siva, Vishnu, Durga and Kali and also describes its method and Construction of Stupa, Vahalkadas, Fronticepices, Basements, walls, Door and Openings, Pillers and Plasters, Roofs and Mterials used in the Consturction and their Orientation. The book is profusely Illustrated with plates, figures, Maps and site plan.