One of the 14 Hindu temples in the area, the Polonnaruwa Shiva Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The shrine was built by the Chola invaders who ruled ancient Sri Lanka in the 13th century. The Devalaya is a complete stone work and is a Pandya architectural style.
The d Indian invasions also had an impact on the Hindu and Hindu culture of Sri Lanka. The present ruined temple has been added to the group of monuments surrounding the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. This Shiva Devalaya 2 is a very small structure which is still standing today. The cuboid in the structure is embedded in the stone surface. It is fascinating. It has a small dome on its roof. It has a small door and a staircase which can enter the interior of the building. Built in the 10th century, it is the oldest of the Chola monuments still standing in Polonnaruwa.