Devinuwara Devalaya

       Devinuwara Upulwan devalaya is situated in the for south of sri lanka close to matara city The annual feature of the devala is the esala perahera.the procession begins of the stone doorway which comprise the Makara Thoranaand proceed along Hadagala main road,Sinhasana road,Ampitiya road,light house road,passing kiralawella junction through Tangall road back to Hadagala and return to the devala. People have lot of faith in this devale and never fail to visit this devale when proceeding to kataragama and this is a popular place of worship.

      Two thousand years ago this southern most point of the island was place of exceeding sanctity known as Dondra,the City of Gods.

       A magnificent temple to Vishnu have existed more than seventh century. There is still remain two hundred granie columns which formed part of the building . Protuges commander de attack to this place and completely destroyed and stolen jewelry gems and ivory precious armaments.

                                             The Royal Signs; Sun and Moon

       In the year 1432,of the auspicious, revered and correct Saka in the fourth year of auspicious Lord of Ceylon, the fortunate Sri Sangabo, Sri Wijaya Bahu, born in the family of the sun, descended form the line of the Royal auspicious and fortunate Maha Sammata, in the fifth day of the dark half of the month of Poson, granting to Nagarisa Nila ( Vishnu ) temple in Dondra twenty amunas sowing extent of the fields in Nawadunne and Petegama, and the produce of Batgama, where the Atupatto Arachchi made the dam, having granted (all this) so that it should remain for ever in the same manner as the places bought for money and now included in Parawasara, were offered to the God-Let all kings and chiefs and other ministers and chief Priests and priests and……….
 

                                 

                                       Devinuwara Devale Sannasa-vijaya Bahu VII

Copper-palate 11 ½ ins. By 2 ¾ ins., smoothed, plain, writing carefully cut, exhibiting considerable advance in graving as compared with the two sannas previously noticed. Side A, nine lines. in margin to left moon. Sun SATHI for SSAWASTHI , discuss and hank ( insignia of Vishnu ) all upside down; side B, 8 lines. Sannas dated in the year succeeding the 10th ( ie 11) of “ Sri sagabo Sri Vijaya Bahu” at “Jayawardana kotte”


The only other tamba sannasa of vijaya bahu is the some what similar kadirana grant of the kings 9th year. But issued form Udugampola. In finish and engraving the latter falls short of the present sannasa.

The balance of evidence seems to favour the assignment of both grants to Vijaya Bahu VII (accession 1505 A..D.) rather than to vijaya Bahu VI ( Vira Bahu),the captive of the Chinese (accession 1391 A..D)


The characters in the Kadirana Sannasa undoubtedly differ less from that of the Beligala grant of Parakrama Bahu VI than the one under discussion ( now first published) and would furnish some argument for attributing to it Vijaya Bahu VI, were there proof that this king resided at Udugampola, or indeed that the place even exited in the fourteenth century. On the other hand the “ Rajavaliya” ditincely records that at the commencement of the 16th century Udugampola was occupied by a subking , the soldier-prince Sakalakala Vallabha. On the demise of Dharma Parakrama Bahu IX, Vallabha unselfishly rejected the offer of the crown. Mindful of the true , and lent his powerful weight to secure the election of half-brother Vijaya Bahu to fill the vacant Kotte throne.
The Kadrana Sannasa may have been granted at Udugampola by Vallabha in the name of the “ Maha Raja” Vijaya Bahu VII, or by that monarch himself from a “new place” erected there.

The grant dedicates a parcel of land in the “Dolosdahas Korale” to the god Vishnu ( Upulvan Devi). There can be little doubt that, the pillar inscription of the 5th year of Vijaya Bahu VII, dated sake 1432 (1510 A.D) the sannasa must have applied to Dewndara ( modern Dondra) Devale, sacred to Vishnu,in the matara Distriet of Soutern Province.

If Vijaya Bahu VII commenced his reign in 1505 A.D the sannasa date from 1516 A.D
 

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