Amidst the wild greenery of the site, ruins of the temple bear witness to this tale, including an intricately carved poruwa or wedding alter. It later became an enclosure for the temple’s Bo tree. There are many other stone remnants spread across the area including an ancient stupa, ancient image house and a bathing pond for monks. Within the image house is a limestone statue of the standing Buddha. The most interesting historical remnant here is the elaborately worked sandakadapahana or moonstone, which is supposedly from the Anuradhapura period. On the outer ring of the moonstone is an unusual depiction of a mahout riding an elephant, found nowhere else in the country.
There are arguments that King Kavantissa built the temple. However, a 14th Century stone inscription found here would have that the temple was built by King Datusena (463-479AD), of Anuradhapura, and was renovated by rulers thereafter.
As you walk through the protected area, let your imagination transport you to the times of Kings. The mystical air of this sacred site, with rustling leaves ringing with the romantic tale will help.