Friday, 12 February 2021

Bomure Memorial

Bomure Memorial (Sinhala: බෝමුරේ රාජසිංහ ස්මාරකය) is a commemorative pillar situated in Mada-mahanuwara village in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

It was erected in December 1908 by Robert Chalmers (a British Governor of Ceylon) in order to commemorate the capture of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815 A.D.) at this site (Lewis, 1913; Rajapakse, 2016). Rajasinghe was the last king of Sri Lanka who was finally captured by the British on 18 February 1815 while he was hiding in a house at Udapitivala (Abeyawardana, 2004). He was brought to Colombo and temporarily imprisoned in A House in the Fort Area, until he was deported to Vellore in Madras (India) on 24 January 1816.

The pillar is 3.69 m tall and stands on a small plot of land (Abeyawardana, 2004). The inscription engraved on it in English and Sinhala says; 
Sri Wickrama Rajasinha captured here 18 February 1815
ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජතුමා මෙහිදී අල්වා ගන්ට යෙදුනේ
See also

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.107-108.
2) Lewis, J. P., 1913. List of inscriptions on tombstones and monuments in Ceylon, of historical or local interest with an obituary of persons uncommemorated: Colombo. p.342.
3) Rajapakse, S., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Mahanuwara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-34-8. p.140.

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