Sunday, 27 February 2022

Henakanda Biso Bandara

Henakanda Biso Bandara (Sinhala: හෙනකඳ බිසෝ බණ්ඩාර) was a Queen of King Wikramabahu III (1357-1374 A.D.) of Gampola Kingdom, Sri Lanka (Abeyawardana, 2004). She is credited with the construction or renovation of several prominent Buddhist temples in the country including the famous Embekke Devalaya and Hindagala Viharaya (Abeyawardana, 2004).  
According to folk tradition, she was born out of a Beli fruit (Abeyawardana, 2004; Kehelgamuwe, 1935). It is believed that after her death, which happened at Sevandarapitiya, the body was placed in a trough and allowed to float in the river (Abeyawardana, 2004). The place where the log was cut for the trough was named as Kahatadena and the spot from where the trough containing her dead body was recovered was called Kahatapitiya (Abeyawardana, 2004; Kehelgamuwe, 1935). The famous Muslim shrine Kahatapitiya Mosque stands at this spot in Gampola. Henakanda Biso Bandara is venerated at this Muslim shrine presently as a powerful god without any religious discrimination (Abeyawardana, 2004).

There was an ancient wooden statue of her in Wegama Raja Maha Viharaya but it was destroyed later by treasure hunters.

See also
#) Hendeniya Raja Maha Viharaya                            #) Mawela Raja Maha Viharaya
#) Morape Kataragama Devalaya                              #) Ranawana Viharaya

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.68,231.
2) Kehelgamuwe, P.B., 1935. Kotmale Puravrutha (In Sinhala). pp.43-44.

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