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Vishnu Devalaya is renowned as the Maha Vishnu Devalaya or Kandy Maha Devalaya at present and is located on the right side of Raja Maligawa and opposite the Natha Devalaya above a water spring on a mountain top. This holy place consists of three stages. The palace is constructed on 2-storeys according to upcountry architectural tradition and attracts both Buddhists and Hindu devotees with honour and devotion. Vishnu Devalaya is also mentioned as the Maha Devalaya and known as Upulwan Devalaya. Since both Gods Vishnu and Upulwan are of blue colour it is believed ...

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Vishnu Devalaya is renowned as the Maha Vishnu Devalaya or Kandy Maha Devalaya at present and is located on the right side of Raja Maligawa and opposite the Natha Devalaya above a water spring on a mountain top. This holy place consists of three stages. The palace is constructed on 2-storeys according to upcountry architectural tradition and attracts both Buddhists and Hindu devotees with honour and devotion. Vishnu Devalaya is also mentioned as the Maha Devalaya and known as Upulwan Devalaya. Since both Gods Vishnu and Upulwan are of blue colour it is believed that they are one God.
                  
According to Robert Knox this shrine belongs to God Dedimundha, due to the reason that the initial shrine was located in Aluth Nuwara in Mawanella. In certain books this particular shrine is referred to as the Rama Devalaya where a flag that signifies the battle of Rama and Ravana lies. During the Kurunegala era the Devinuwara Upulwan Devalaya was taken to a central location of the city due to the invasion of the Portuguese from time to time. It is also apparently believed that a new Vishnu shrine renowned as Aluth Nuwara was constructed in Mawanella. This shrine is known amongst devotees as Sathara Koralaya as a shrine where sacrifices to god Dedimundha are made.
                 
The shrine of Dedimundha located in Sathara Koralaya is due to its facing the Colombo-Kandy ancient warpath. King Senerath (1604-35 AD) fearing devastation, built a shrine of God Vishnu close to Dalada Maligawa in Kandy as recorded in ancient books. Moreover, it is believed by Buddhists that after God Natha, Vishnu awaits Buddhahood.


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