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Mahiyanganaya

Mahiyanganaya is located along the gentle banks of the Mahaweli River within the verdant landscapes of the Badulla District in Uva Province. Mahiyanganaya reverberates with tales of serenity, spirituality, and historical grandeur. It is a testament to a pivotal moment in the annals of Sri Lanka’s rich Buddhist heritage, marking the first-ever visit of Gautama Buddha to the island.

The significance of Mahiyanganaya is deeply rooted in a celestial event that occurred on the Duruthu full moon poya day. On this auspicious day, Gautama Buddha made his maiden voyage to Sri Lanka, aiming to quell a brewing conflict between two indigenous tribes, the Yakkas and the Nagas. This historic visit established Mahiyanganaya as a cradle of peace and reconciliation and a cornerstone for spreading Buddhism on the island.

Total Population

75,776

GN Divisions

35

Mahiyanganaya

The encounter between the Buddha and Sumana Saman, a chieftain of the region, marked a seminal point in Mahiyanganaya’s spiritual journey. The Buddha’s gift of a hair relic to Sumana Saman laid the foundation for constructing a golden chethiya (stupa), enshrining this sacred relic. This act of sanctity by Sumana Saman, who later became revered as the god Sumana Saman, immortalized Mahiyanganaya as a place of worship and adoration. Over the centuries, seven more chethiyas were constructed over the original golden chethiya, with the last one erected by the great King Dutugemunu, further cementing the town’s sacred status among Buddhists.

Sorabora Wewa: A Panoramic Marvel

Beyond its spiritual allure, Mahiyanganaya is also celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty, exemplified by the panoramic Sorabora Wewa. This vast reservoir, set against the backdrop of lush paddy fields, underscores the town’s agricultural legacy, with most of its inhabitants cultivating paddy. The serene waters of Sorabora Wewa nourish the land and reflect the tranquil essence of Mahiyanganaya.

Mahiyanganaya: A Hub of Culture and Connectivity

Today, Mahiyanganaya, with a population of 75,776 across 35 grama niladhari divisions, thrives as a vibrant testament to Sri Lanka’s cultural and spiritual fabric. Located merely 75km away from Ella and a journey of approximately 4 hours and 46 minutes from Colombo via the Colombo – Kandy Road and Kandy-Mahiyangane-Padiyatalawa Highway, Mahiyanganaya is accessible to both pilgrims and travellers, inviting them to experience its sacred ambience and historical depth.

Mahiyanganaya: A Pilgrimage into the Heart of Sri Lankan Buddhism

Mahiyanganaya is not just a destination but a pilgrimage into the heart of Sri Lankan Buddhism, where the spiritual and the terrestrial merge. It beckons travellers and devotees alike to immerse themselves in its hallowed grounds, to witness the legacy of Gautama Buddha’s visit, and to find peace and solace within its sacred confines.

GN CodeName 
005Rotalawela
010Divulapelessa
015Aluyatawala
020Theldeniyaya
025Hebarawa
030Ginnoruwa
035Belaganwewa
040Ulhitiya
045Pahala Rathkinda
050Hobariyawa
055Millattawa
060Wiranegama
065Aluttarama
070Girandurukotte
075Bathalayaya
080Haddattawa
085Meegahahena
090Galporuyaya
095Beligalla
100Dambana
105Kukulapola
110Wewatta
115Thalangamuwa
120Sorabora
125Wewgampaha
130Dehigolla
135Elewela
140Mahiyangana Town
145Poojanagaraya
150Dambarawa
155Senanigama
160Mapakadawewa
165Pangaragammana
170Dambagolla
175Medayaya
  • Police Station: 055-2257222
  • Hospital: 055-4 936 722
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