Mahiyanganaya is a town situated close to the Mahaweli River in Badulla District, Uva Province of Sri Lanka. It is said that the Lord Gautama Buddha visited Mahiyanganaya on the full moon Poya day of January in order to settle a dispute arose between Yakkas and Nagas (two tribes then inhabited this area) and this was his first ever visit to Sri Lanka. Then the Lord Buddha preached Dhamma to Sumana Saman, a leader in this area, to whom the Lord Buddha gave a handful of his hair relic so that people could worship. After that Sumana Saman (now the God Sumana Saman) built a golden chethiya in which the sacred hair relic was deposited. Later on about seven chethiyas were built over the original golden chethiya from time to time, the last one being built by the King Dutugemunu. As such, this historic town is a very sacred place for Buddhists.
Anyway, the majority of the people in this fertile area are engaged in paddy cultivation being the main economic activity.
Mahiyangana is a Pali word (in Sinhalese Bintenna) which means flat land. It is situated eastwards to the steep eastern falls of central hills. The relative flatness of the area can be seen while traveling on the road from Kandy to Padiyathalawa across Hunnasgiriya and famous 18 hairpin bends.
- අලූතින් ඉදීවන දහඅටවංගුවේ කථාව සොරබොර වැව හැදූ බුලතා
- The Buddha visited Mahiyangana in ninth month of his enlightenment
- MAHIYANGANA The old city of devils
- Significance of Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
- The unchanging splendour of Bintenna!
- cultural surrounding of Mahiyangana
- Recapturing and reconstruction of Mahiyangana
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