Buddhism and Sri Lanka

According to Sri Lankan chronicles, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century B.C. by Arhant Mahinda, during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa.

Sri Lankan Inscriptions

The earliest trace of epigraphy in South Asia is said to be found in Sri Lanka. A piece of pottery, dated to circa the 4th century B.C. have been discovered from the Anuradhapura citadel.

Architecture of Sri Lanka

The architecture of Sri lanka has a long history and shows diversed forms and styles, mainly infuenced by their religions and traditional beliefs.

Sri Lankan Antiquities

Inherited from the past, Sri Lanka has a large number of antiques with cultural and historical significance which reflects the glory of past era.

Visit Sri Lanka

Located in the northern waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island blessed with a large number of attractons which has made the country an ideal destination for the tourism.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bopath Ella Falls

Bopath Ella Falls, Sri Lanka
Bopath Ella Falls is a water fall in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. The fall is about 35 meters tall and formed by the river Kuru Ganga, a tributary of Kalu Ganga (Abeyawardana, 2002). Located near to the Kuruwita town, the fall can be reached by going along the Higgashinna-Devipahala road about 4 km distance.

The fall cascades resembling a shape of a Bo-leaf (Abeyawardana, 2002). Therefore it is named as Bopath Ella. In Sinhalese language, the word Bo means the tree of sacred fig (Bodhi-tree) while Path means the leaves.










References
1) Abeyawardana, H. A. P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7. pp. 9-10.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Panduwasnuwara Tamil Slab Inscription

The Tamil Slab Inscription in Panduwasnuwara Panduwasnuwara Tamil Slab Inscription is one of Tamil inscriptions in Sri Lanka. It is found in an ancient Buddhist temple premises located south to the Panduwasnuwara Citadel. The inscription was discovered in 1951, by Senarath Paranavitana, the then Archaeological Commissioner.

Panduwasnuwara is a ruined city situated in Kurunegala District. During the medieval period this city was known as Parakramapura, the capital of the principality of Dakkhinadesa founded by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186 AD).

This inscription consists of 22 lines and has been written in Tamil language with the Tamil scripts of about the 12th century AD. Several words are written in both Tamil and Grantha characters. Few Sinhalese words are also identified in the inscription (Pillay, 1960).

The inscription says that it was erected in the fifth year of Nissanka Malla's (1187-1196 AD) reign. Which suggests that this was placed here in the year of 1191 A.D. or 1192 A.D. (Pillay, 1960). It records about the benevolent deeds done by a commander named Kulantey Matimana Panjara. This commander is identified with Lak Vijayasinha, the person who is mentioned in the slab inscription of Nissanka Malla at Polonnaruwa. According to the record the commander Kulantey has built a monastery for monks, an alms hall, a Stupa (Cayittam) and a Pirivena named Parakrama Adhikari near the Bodhi-tree in Sri-Pura town.

  • Panduwasnuwara Slab Inscription (Tamil)

    Reign  : Nissanka Malla (1187-1196 AD)
    Period : 12th century AD
    Script  : Medieval Tamil
    Language : Medieval Tamil 
  • Content : 
    Transcript : Tennilankaik kon Parakramabahu Niccanka Mallar ..........>>
    Translation : Parakramabahu Niccanka Mallar, the king of South Ceylon ..........>>
    Reference : Pillay, K. Kanapathi. (1960)

References
1) Pillay, K. K., 1960. A Tamil inscription from Panduvasnuvara: University of Ceylon Review (Vol: XVIII Nos 3 & 4). Ceylon University Press. pp. 157-162. 

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