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Natha Dewalaye Gantharaya Tewawa

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The most ancient building of ancient Kandy is the Natha devalaya which is located directly facing Sri Dalada Maligawa. The history of Natha devalaya begins from King Wckremabahu III that runs till the 4th century. From the inception this set a very high standard with most splendid offerings of both Buddhists and Hindus and is protected by a wall 6 ft high which has been made according to Gadaladeniya Vihare of Udunuwara to a specification of a stylish stupas as a replica of the Vijaya city of which lies a metal statue of God Na

The most ancient building of ancient Kandy is the Natha devalaya which is located directly facing Sri Dalada Maligawa. The history of Natha devalaya begins from King Wckremabahu III that runs till the 4th century. From the inception this set a very high standard with most splendid offerings of both Buddhists and Hindus and is protected by a wall 6 ft high which has been made according to Gadaladeniya Vihare of Udunuwara to a specification of a stylish stupas as a replica of the Vijaya city of which lies a metal statue of God Na

According to the 16th century concept of Avato keshwara Boddhisatva which was rapidly spreading in China, Nepal, Tibet and Japan, it also began to impact Sri Lankan heritage of Kandy and the spreading of God Avato keshwara Natha. God Natha is renowned as the God Senkadagala who provides protection to Senkadagala and Buddhists believe that this God will be reborn in Buddhahood. According to historical records, God Natha arrived at Pasgama and later proceeds to the Dharmaraja Mountain and lived there because of the major challenge of God Peetiya.

Gedige Vihara with its appearance as a 3-storied palace also known as Natha Devala and two other stupas also located at the same premises which is where Lord Buddha’s Pathra Datuwa is deposited. On the eastern side is an image of a house built of stone (symbolising Sri Pada).


During the era of King Keerthisinghe, the Vishnu Kataragama of Pathini Devala was accorded high honour in the Esala Perahera. This procession was limited to only three Gods. It was during this season that God Boddhi Satva and the perahera of Dalada Maligawa was added to the proceedings and due to this reason the Esala Perahera became known as the Dalada Perahera. God Natha became powerful amongst the kings of Kandy and a tradition followed for every new King - to select his name of Royalty at the foot of God Natha’s statue. Also from Kandy ruling to the present time the anointing of the head during Sinhala Avuruddhu takes place within the premises of Natha devalaya.
In addition, at the annual function the distribution of Karthika oil takes place within the locality of the Natha Devalaya. In terms of relativity to Royalty, the power and protection of God Natha, shrines and Vihara palaces (Vihae mandira) were built here.


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