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Ganegoda Sri Kataragama Devalaya

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Travel via Kandy-Doluwa Road to Ganegoda village. This shrine is found approximately 200 meters down the road going southward from the village. It is situated in the middle of a paddy field facing the Gangathilaka Viharaya, Ganegoda, Gampola Kandukara Pahala Korale in the Kandy District.

The history of this shrine is rather obscure, as no written historical records could be found in relation. However, a few notes about the shrine and the Ganegoda village are found on pages 267-268 in a book written by Archibald Campbell Lawrie, District Judge of Kandy (1873-92), presently kept in ...

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Travel via Kandy-Doluwa Road to Ganegoda village. This shrine is found approximately 200 meters down the road going southward from the village. It is situated in the middle of a paddy field facing the Gangathilaka Viharaya, Ganegoda, Gampola Kandukara Pahala Korale in the Kandy District.

The history of this shrine is rather obscure, as no written historical records could be found in relation. However, a few notes about the shrine and the Ganegoda village are found on pages 267-268 in a book written by Archibald Campbell Lawrie, District Judge of Kandy (1873-92), presently kept in the archives at the Kandy Kachcheri.

In folklore, there is a story about the name of this village. A box of ornaments belonging to King Rajasinghe II, washed away in flood waters, was snagged amongst four branches of a tree at Nillambe, near the Devale. Hearing this, the King salvaged the box and donated it to the Devale. In the bygone era the Mahaweli River used to flow across much higher ground, past the location where the Devale and the temple are situated today.

Over the decades, the river’s route changed due to all the silt deposited in this area, which eventually became solid ground (godabima). The colloquial expression ‘Gama gange goda’ later evolved into ‘Ganegoda’ for easy pronunciation.

The present topology, geological features and rock composition appear to favour the credibility of this story.

Location of the Devale

1.    Maha Devale
2.    Palle Devale

Daily Customs and Rituals of the Devale

These are the annual rituals that reflect the society’s beliefs in deities and their power. The four main ceremonies are:

1.    Nanumura Festival
2.    Aluth Sahal Festival
3.    Esala Festival
4.    Karthika Festival

The Esala Festival is the most prominent. The processions of the Pitisara Devales commences 15 days after the conclusion of the Kandy Dalada Perahera.


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