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In Sinhala Buddhist beliefs the Ayyanayake is a village guardian deity similar in many respects to Aiyyanar of the Tamil people. He is usually depicted with a huge horse statue.


  • Bastin, Rohan (December 2002). The Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka. Berghahn Books. ISBN 1-57181-252-0.