Atadage – The first Tooth Relic Temple of Polonnaruwa was the Atadage. Built by Vijayabahu in the 11th Century the name Atadage means the House of eight relics. What remains today are 54 stone pillars which once supported the upper floor where the relic was placed.
There are inscriptions carved on many of the pillars. There is also an inscription in Tamil which was meant for the Tamil Guards of South India asking them to protect the relic just like the Swiss guards who protect the pope. A Buddha statue, almost 3m high, stands near the end of the temple.