|The 'ruins of the 'Alms Hall'.|
|The representation of foot-prints on stone which was the focal point of the assembly of monks in the hall.|
|The stylized 'foot-print' with an umbrella over it, chiseled in stone formed the center of worship in the alms hall.|
Leaving the Brazen Palace and proceeding north along the path the pilgrim will see the foundations of a building off to the right. This is the remains of one of the Mahavihara's several refectories. With so many monks around Anuradhapura it was simply impossible for them all to be sustained by begging for alms so each monastery usually had huge dining rooms like this one below. Monks who were entitled to eat in such places were issued with wooden ration tickets.
A rice boat in the refectory