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History of Jathika Namal Uyana

J
athika Namal Uyana revealed 15 years ago, which has become the first NA Forest is the most popular sacred place among the people in Sri Lanka which has a great history during the era of king Devanampiyathissa in Anuradhapura.
Ancient statues added with historical values are nearby Jathika Namal Uyana pink quartz mountain. Ruins of buildings, Bodhigara, Stupas, inscriptions further can be seen here. 60acres of forest has been apportioned as an ancient area Ancient statues added with historical values are nearby Jathika Namal Uyana pink quartz mountain. Ruins of buildings, Bodhigara, Stupas, inscriptions further can be seen here. 60acres of forest has been apportioned as an ancient area.

The Ranawa village can be remembered as the starting place of Jathika Namal Uyana and the history of Jathika Namal Uyana commenced during the period starting from king Devanampiyathissa and ending with king IV Dappula. The inscription that is called Andiyagala was from by king IV Dappula. This epigraph proves the history of this unique place.

Further the king IV Kashyapa has built huts in Rathmalagala Viharaya and it is a credible achievement by this area that the king IV Dappula made the Viharaya,also called Rathdematamal pirivena, later viharaya was ruined in Namal Uyana. Except other kings who ruled this area, King Maha Vijayabahu the 8th (B.C). took the initiative to promote Jathika Namal Uyna as a religious place which is having a botanical garden and a marvelous natural forest.

Following ancient places show long history of Jathika Namal Uyana.


Purana Namal Seya

The main places for observation in this temple are Stupa (pagoda), Bodiya, Buddha statue. Three types of Stupas has been built to watch the monarchism of monks in the Namal Uyana. The ruins of which have been covered by sand ……look………….All these places has been built by Wanavasi Rahula Thero. These holy objects, Purana Namal Seya which is situated under the pink Quartz mountain near by a wonderful water fall, has been build on the square compound attracts each and every people who visits this ancient place.

Bodhigaraya

A ruin of square bodigaraya can be seen East side of the Namal Seya. The wall of this has been decorated by pink quartz stones and there are four entrances to visit. A stone saddle also is there for rituals. It's a special feature that the Bodigaraya is a place which creates a fascination without any decorations which are artificial.

Awasageya

Many kind of Cottages are spread out throughout the forest. Ruins of old monastery can be seen at the central point and you can feel the holiness is still there. The Foundation of Awasageya is made by pink Quartz stones and appearance of Awasageya gives us many thoughts about the past.

Simamalakaya

The place where monks perform Vinayakarma which is called Simamalakaya, one of the wonderful Simamalaka can also be seen on the East side of the Namal Uyana.

Pilimageya

Pilimageya is also a noticeable ancient place ruined in the past. The Pilimageya which is having two entrances on the both Eastern & Western sides is surrounded by a wall which has been made from polished stones. 4 square stone towers are also inside the Pilimageya, which brings light to the longest history of Jathika NamalUyana.

Divined Natural Water

Natural water with it’s complete purity is another blessing of this forest. The water flows derives from pink quarts and divert into 3 directions inside the forest. When you pass through the entrance of this divined land you will see a small, but miraculous waterfall (which is aged more than 1000 years) flowing into a “Pathra” (Singhaleese word) a type of water drinking cup, traditional with a different shape made in clay used by ancient Buddhist monks, and the water fills the cup overflows and diverts to one of the 3 directions mentioned earlier.

But when the water flows from a reasonable height, the water will be vapoured (absorbed by air). But, here you can find this water start flowing one kilometer away in a place called Urankotte. This water is a blessing to the nearby village farmers who rely completely on an income from paddy field and other agricultural products to support their families. Again the flow of water continues to another village Maulpathagama Mahaindigalla area (Ulpatha).