1) Built. Under ruler Parakramabahu I (1153-1186). Kumara Pokuna functioned as the royal bath.
2) Location. Just outside of the citadel’s walls, down a flight of stairs on the east side.
1) Cruciform plan. Situated in alignment with the steep stairs that descend from the citadel’s enclosure wall, the pool has a stepped cruciform plan with an internal stairway on the west
side that offers entry ( 7.8o and ).
2) Makara heads. Flanking the stairs, heads of makaras — symbolic of water’s life-giving pow‑
ers — deliver water to the pool from a nearby canal via underground conduits ().
3) Lotus stand. The lotus-shaped stand at the center of the pool might have served as a resting spot for bathers.
4) Pavilion. The pavilion south of the pool might have functioned as a changing room.