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Birth Place of Sangaraja Thera

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Welivita Sri Saranakara Thera was born on June 19, 1698 to the Kulathunga family of Welivita in Tumpane, about 24 km from Kandy. His father was a chieftain and was a descendant of an influential family. His lay name was Kulathunga Banda and he had a brother by the name of Kulatunga Patabendige Mudiyanse. Though his parents initially opposed his idea to enter the Buddhist monastic order, later he was granted permission by the parents and was ordained as a 'samanera’ at the age of 16, under the scholar monk, Suriyagoda Rajasundara thera, who was the incumben ...

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Welivita Sri Saranakara Thera was born on June 19, 1698 to the Kulathunga family of Welivita in Tumpane, about 24 km from Kandy. His father was a chieftain and was a descendant of an influential family. His lay name was Kulathunga Banda and he had a brother by the name of Kulatunga Patabendige Mudiyanse. Though his parents initially opposed his idea to enter the Buddhist monastic order, later he was granted permission by the parents and was ordained as a 'samanera’ at the age of 16, under the scholar monk, Suriyagoda Rajasundara thera, who was the incumbent of Sri Narendraramaya at Yatinuwara. After the ordination as a novice monk, young boy Kulatunga was known as Welivita Sri Saranakara Samanera.


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