Archive for February, 2008

The Visiters

A board of officers from the Austrailion embassy visited Ratnapura Damahana Maha vidyalaya
 on a previous day.They followed an operation an educational  system of Sri Lanka. Due
to that they visited two schools in Balangoda region,  R/Damahana M.V.and an
another school .Mr.Piyasena,the director of educational participated for this opportunity


The officers were welcomed by the head                                                        
 prefect of the school


They were welcomed by the starff.
Visitng the class rooms.



A discusses with the principal.



visiting the computer laboratory centre at the school


Visiting the class rooms  




A discusses with the e – village  students

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In 1876 the village like  Mawela and Mahawelatenna were in jungle. This area was sparsely populated.
During this time a Buddhist priest by name of Naginne Sumanatissa started  his priesthood  here  and
lived in a small  cadjan shed. This was published in the Dinamana News paper by a reported named
Keerthi Chandra.This pious priest inaugurated this Mawela temple.Mr.david Mahawelatenna,who lived
 at  Mahawalatenna was a good friend of this priest.
      This friendship helped in the development of the temple. Later Rev. Devagoda Dewananda thero
did great service for the development of the Temple.A temple ,a well for obtaining of water ,and a
Dhanashalawa (a hall for partaking of meals)was built with the help of Mr.Samuel David Mahawalatenna
 ,the Ratemahalmaya. The death of Rev-Devananda Thero in 1918 is also said to be a miracle.Later the
 High Priest of this Temple was Wikiravita sri Piyatissa Thero who got his higher ordination  from Burma.
He did immense service for the development of the Temple.Rev-Opanayake Gnanda Thero is also a
participant of the precent development.
         The five important items that should be in a temple namely Sangha Wasa,Viharageya Chaithiya
pohoyageya, and Bo-Tree to day.the chief incumbent Rev-Vikiravita Thero helped in a big way for the
 present development.Presently important constructions in the Temple are,

img_0103.jpg  The old Shrine Room
The Shrine Room on the Rock
img_0105.jpg   The Chaithiya
img_0104.jpg04 The Bo – Tree

 img_0108.jpg       .Pohoya-Geya06The Relic Room
The old preaching Hall
img_0106.jpg       Sanghawasa
img_0107.jpgDhana Shalawa

The success to Rev.Vikiravita Thero was Hatangala Pannasena.We wish that Rev-Pannasena will improve
the Temple with assistance of the village of area .We wish him the blessing  of the triple gem.

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A new library for Damahana Maha Vidyalaya

            Starting the work

Though Damahana Maha Vidyalaya is a big school in Damahana area, still there are no library facilities.
So the children have to face for many difficulties at their education field.
   The students have to go to Balangoda public library, to get extra knowledge for their education .
But it is a trouble for them.because they have to spend a lot of money and much time.

                  working the people
 But happy to say the students at R/Damahana Maha Vidyalaya could be able to get the chance
of a well equipment library.
 The expenditure of the library has been estimated L.K.R. 2.3 milion.

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Mahawalatenna Walawwe.

                                 The wallawwe, built as English architect.

        The Mahawalatenna Walawwe is the parental residence of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s
mother Rosmand Mahawalatenna kumarihamy the daughter of N.D.M. Mahawalatenna (Rate Mahatmaya).
 Before the walawwe was constructed he lived at Godakumbura Walawwe.
There are various legends connected with the construction of this walawwe. One such legend is that the
Ratemahathmaya who had gone with some shepherds had felt weary and found that the empty bottle
gourd container he had left on an earlier date had filled with water. This miraculous incident inspired him
to build his residence in that place. Thus the walawwe was constructed in the year 1900 with the consultation
of an English architect.

                                     Constructed with strong wall
Though it is now in a dilapidated condition it is of great importance due to the fact that it was once the home
of the first woman Prime Minister of the world not withholding the fact of the belief of the above legend.  

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