Archive for January, 2008

The “Helmalu” system for paddy Cultivation

The Helmalu paddy cultivation means; to preparation the ground  for cultivating paddy;
As steps by steps like ladders.

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                         The prepared land for paddy cultivation

 This preparation occurs in very slopy ground in hill areas.close to damahana E-village the villages
called mawelacan be seen the helmalu paddy cultivation system.

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                          Helmalu paddy cultivated from welange area.
      In this villege the people grow Tea for cash crops butthe paddy grows for day today home
consumption.Helmalu paddy cultivation is somewhat difficult task. Because the farmer has to prepare
many small beds.There fore the farmer has to spend 20-30 days finish one term.
But the farmers help each others and work in peace and to their task successfully.
The special thing in this systems are ploushing the paddy land by using cattle’s.The men can do
this with their own hands. In this occasion people use spring water.

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                        The anicut for gathering the water

This spring water is not enough for the large areas of paddy land.But there is a small stream flows through this
hamlet and peopleerected an anicut and use as a irrigation.In the past people cultivated two crops. But now a days the
 lack of rain and heavy drought people cultivate only one crop people grow vegetables in some parts
of the paddy lands.

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                    Growing paddy land
At present there are some great problems.
1.At the beginning of the stream people make large tank and distribute the water through pipes for
   drinking and bathing to another village called “welange” so there will be no water for “yala”season.
2.The anicut is ruined and water flows in vain.
3.The paddy lands that not enough water,people are going to grow Tea. So that in the near future
    we can see arrange tea of estates in these helmalu paddy lands These are the problems.

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Kottimulwela Rajamaha Viharaya

Kottimulwele Rajamaha Viharaya can be considered as one which contributes to the
historical importance of Balangoda.

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TheViharaya

 This Viharaya was constructed during the reign of king walagamba. It is stated in the
chronicles that king walagamba fled from his enemies and hid in this area.

Hence this Viharaya was constructed here. Today Buddhist monks of every sect occupy this Viharaya.

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 Dagaba

This historical and ancient Viharaya attracts devotees from all areas.

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It is also known that the murals on the walls belong to the kandyan era.

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PETTARA

The word “Pettara” is not a familiar word with you. But this word was used by the people in rural area,
among villagers in Sri Lanka. This means “a bathing place like small stream.
 There is a Pettara at Mawela village, in the Balangoda electorate in Rattnapua district.

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There are nearly thirty or forty people get bathing per a day in this “Pettara” bathing place.

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 Further this stream is used for cultivating paddy fields and vegetables growing.
    The following picture shows the people who are using this stream as cultivat

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  Finally we should protect these streams. There fore we can get vast benefit from these small steams.
 So we must not destroy the forest, not cut down trees and must protect them.

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Mr. Nandasiri Wanninayake visits Damahana e-village

Mr. Nandasiri Wanninayake visits Damahana e-village
Mr. Nandasiri Wanninayake, service provider of the e-village programme
visited Damahana e-village on December 11th and 12th.2007
Workshops were held by him with e-Village members as an awareness program
to educate them regarding this project. He visited some houses in the area and
had discussions with the parents regarding the children learning the computer,
improvement of their knowledge and also how they could be made to participate
in the activities.
The photographs appearing below show some of the activities.
im4.jpgMr. N. Wanninayake participating in a workshop with the
members of Damahana e-village.

im1.jpgMr. N Wanninayake having a discussion with the parents.

im3.jpgMr N Waninayake listening to the responses from the parents.

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