Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy

Mahamaya Girls' College (Sinhala: මහාමායා බාලිකා විද්‍යාලය, මහනුවර; Tamil: கண்டி மகமாயா பெண்கள் கல்லூரி) is a government girls' school situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The establishment of Mahamaya College as the first Buddhist school for women in Kandy was initiated with the guidance of Karandana Attadassi Thera, Sarah Soyza and the founding members of the Kulangana Samithiya, a movement led by women. The school was opened with 16 girls as Bauddha Balika Vidyalaya on 14 January 1932 by Leuke Rathwatte Kumarihami at the West Cliff House that had been bought from Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933) together with 2.5 acres of land adjoining it that belonged to Arthur Fernando (Abeyawardana, 2004).

Hilda Westbrook Kularathne was the first principal from 1932 to 1933. In 1938, the name of the school was changed to Mahamaya and in 1960 it was taken over by the government (Abeyawardana, 2004). It was upgraded to the status of National School in 1982.

At present, the school has common facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries, playground, swimming pool etc. Classes are conducted for girl students from grade 1 to grade 13

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.24-25.

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