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Hanguranketha Pattini Devalaya

Hanguranketha Pattini Devalaya
Hanguranketha Pattini Devalaya (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Hanguranketha Pattini Devalaya (Sinhala: හඟුරන්කෙත පත්තිනි දේවාලය) is a Devalaya Shrine situated about 100 m behind the Potgul Viharaya in Hanguranketha in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. It has been dedicated to Goddess Pattini, the patron goddess of fertility and health. The anklet of this deity is said to have enshrined at this shrine (Abeywardana, 2004).

Although the establishment date of this edifice is not known, there is evidence to prove that this Devalaya existed during the reign of King Rajasingha II (1635-1687 A.D.). However, according to some, this shrine was erected during the reign of King Sri Vira Parakrama Narendrasinha [(1707-1739 A.D.) Abeywardana, 2004]. Later King Kirti Sri Rajasingha (1747-1782 A.D.) renovated the shrine. During the 1818 Uva–Wellassa uprising period, the shrine was minorly damaged by the British troops.

A protected site
The Devalaya building, Vahalkada, kitchen and the rampart of Pattini Devalaya at Hanguranketha in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Hanguranketha are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 1 November 1996.

See also

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  pp.250-251.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 948. 1 November 1996.

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This page was last updated on 24 June 2022


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