Hiriwadunna Wewa

Hiriwadunna Wewa
Hiriwadunna Wewa (Sinhala: හිරිවඩුන්න වැව) is a reservoir situated in Hiriwadunna in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. 

This tank is probably the ancient Aggivaddhamanaka tank built by King Vasabha [(67-111 A.D.) Nicholas, 1963]. In the past, it had been called by several names such as Abhivaddhamanaka, Akvadunna and Abivadunna (Nicholas, 1963). According to C.W Nicholas, the Agivadamana Wawi which is mentioned in the Habarana Inscription of the 2nd century A.D. is non-other than the present Hirivadunna Wewa (Nicholas, 1963). However, S. Paranavitana has shown that Agivadamana Wawi must be the present Habarana Wewa located in the vicinity of the rock on which the aforesaid inscription has been engraved (Paranavitana, 1983).

1) Hiriwadunna lake 01 by Cherubino is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

1) Muller, E., 1883. Ancient Inscriptions in Ceylon. London. pp.41-42, 110.
2) Nicholas, C. W., 1963. Historical topography of ancient and medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series (Vol VI). Special Number: Colombo. Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch). p.173.
3) Paranavitana, S., 1983. Inscriptions of Ceylon, Late Brahmi Inscriptions, Volume II (Part I). Archaeological Survey of Sri Lanka. pp.157-161.

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