Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dehadu Kadulla

The old entrance
Dehadu Kadulla is an ancient monument located in the village of Kadadora in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka.

In the ancient times, there were four main entrances named Gal Dora, Kada Dora, Wata Dora, and Niyamgam Dora, to enter the Maya Rata (Performance Report, 2011). Of them, the Kada Dora (also called Dehadu Kadulla) is the only entrance which can be seen today. According to folklore, Kada Dora entrance was the place where Prince Dutugemunu had hidden his sward (Magul Kaduwa) when he was coming from Ruhuna to Maya Rata seeking a shelter.

The entrance
The entrance is about 2.17 meters tall and 1.85 meters wide and has been constructed using the rubble and rock boulders (Abeywardana, 2004).

A protected monument
The Kadadora Dehadu Kadulla situated in the Grama Niladhari Division of Kadadora, in Kotmale Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a gazette notification published on 6 June 2008.

Colour paintings on wooden planks, Kandy National Museum Standing Buddha image, Kandy National Museum
1) Performance Report, 2011: Colombo. Planning and Monitoring Section, Department of Archaeology, p.289.
2) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  p.239.
3) The Gazette of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no 1553, 6 June 2008. p.526.

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This page was last updated on 23 February 2020
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