TYPES OF MEDIEVAL AND MODERN DAGOBĀS IN CEYLON.
Fig.1; Kirivehera dagobā, Polonnaruva, XIIth century A.D (perspectivic outline). The Anuradhapura style has been preserved, though the threefold basal terrace is higher in proportion to the dome. The main places of worship are marked by shrines.
Fig 2; Type of a modern dagobā. The monument proper has been put on an octagonal pedestal, isolating it from the ground (just as the religious doctrine has become isolated from experience by dogmatic tradition). The hemisphere has lost much of its monumental heaviness by growing into the more pleasing form of a bell. The threefold basal terrace is symbolized by three rings at the base of the bell. The horizontal lines of the spire are close together, forming a merely ornamental surface without interceding or crowning umbrellas.
A = spire(‘htḯ) “kunta”, Sinhalese: koṭa.
A’= end of the spire, pinnacle, Sinhalese; koṭa kaerælla.
B = stem or base of the spire, Sinhalese; devata kotuva.
C = harmika, “catussurakostha” (caturasra koṣṭha); Sinh. Hataraes kotuva.
D = cupola (aṇḍa), “garbha”; sinh.; gæba.
E, F, G = in fig. 1 the threefold basal terrace; in fig. 2 the corresponding three rings.
H = octagonal pedestal (trimala) Sing.; tun-māl pešava.
I = shrines at the four main places of worship
TYPES OF MEDIEVAL AND MODERN DĀGOBAS IN CEYLON, Figure on JISOA., Vol II/2 pp. 98