Hiriwadunna Wewa

Hiriwadunna Wewa is a reservoir situated in Hiriwadunna. This tank is probably the ancient Aggivaddhamanaka tank built by King Vasabha [(67-111 A.D.).
Hiriwadunna Wewa
Hiriwadunna Wewa

Hiriwadunna Wewa (Sinhala: හිරිවඩුන්න වැව) is a reservoir situated in Hiriwadunna in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. The old Buddhist temple Hiriwadunna Viharaya is located about 500 m distance from the north bank of this reservoir.


This tank is probably the ancient Aggivaddhamanaka tank built by King Vasabha (67-111 A.D.) of Anuradhapura (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 none other than the present Hiriwadunna 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).

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Books, Journal Articles

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

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