Polonnaruwa Archaeological Assistant Director O.R. Jayatillake said that a lightning strike on 18 September hit the ruins of the Lankathilaka temple and that investigations are taking place to determine the extent of the damage at the archaeological site.
The Lankathilake was constructed by King Parakramabahu (1153 -1186). It is considered the largest temple in Sri Lanka. H.C.P. Bell has recorded in 1910 that its Buddha statue is 41 feet in height.
No lightning conductors
Central Cultural Fund officials say that it is assumed the lightning travelled through the iron support kept for the pillars under restoration, and these ancient ruins do not have lightning conductors.