Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Polonnaruwa
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The Shape of the pond , built in the form of a full blown lotus flower, gives it the name, Lotus Pond. This falls within the premises of the Jetavanarama (monastery) built by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153 1186 A.D.), and according to Mahavamsa, eight such ponds have been built. Ruins of Several such have also been discovered during explorations within the limits of this monastery.