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The Anointing Hall had been used for consecrating images of the Buddha and Bodhisattva with scented water according to the Mahāyana Buddhist traditions. The stone platforms where the water and the images were placed and the water vessels where images were placed and the drains conveying the consecrated water out of the mandapa are presently visible. The rectangular guardstones are undecorated, except for the projections at the top. A narrow strip paved with stone slabs surrounds this structure, which is attributed to the late Anurādhapura period.