Getting There

Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devalaya (shrine) is taken a significant importance among the Buddhist and Hindu people of Sri Lanka. It is also a popular tourist destination as it has an archeological value. Aluthnuwara Dedimunda devalaya is situated Kegalle district, Mawanella electorate near Hingula town. The devotees believe that the god Dedimunda is the guardian deity of the Buddha Sasana. The name Dedimunda denotes that he was firm, hardhearted and has strong and dominant personality. The devotees come many parts of the island to Devalaya to take blessing from the God Dedimunda for their various expectations. It can be observed that more devotees come to Devalaya on Kemmura days, Wednesdays and Saturdays, as blessings are powerful.

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Aluthnuwara Sri Dhadimunda Dewalaya


Trustee of Devalaya

Basnaayaka Nilame (custodian) of Vishnu Devalaya at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligava is also the custodian of Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya. The authority of organizing annual procession of Dadimunda Devalaya is assigned to Basnaayaka Nilame. The Tevava (daily service) of Devalaya is assigned to Disanayaka Parapura (descent) and Dije Gedara Parapura (descent) at current.

Devala Tevava (daily service)

Tevava means a rituval conduct to the Devalaya at regular intervals. The daily Tevava commence on 5.30 am. Muruthan Pujava (ritual) is conducted on 5.30am and 7.30 pm. Offerings from the devotees are accepted after the time of Muruthan Pujava is conducted. Also from 4.00 pm Offerings from the devotees are accepted.

Pujava (ritual)

Fruits, coconut and king coconut are offered for the Pujava. It is offered a coconut plant when promised to offer living being for living being and image for image. However it is not offered animals for the Pujava.

Anuhas (charisma of devalaya)

  • Definitive results those who has no fertility
  • Instant treatment for devilish illness
  • Road protection for vehicle owners
  • Protection from various illness
  • Blessing healthy of elephants and tuskers


The annual procession of Devalaya is held during the months of June and July before the procession held on Dalada Maligava. Ladies are not participate any item in this procession. It is the special characteristic of this procession.


It is said that the god constructed the Devalaya in one night and destroying of stones there, get done through devils. Before the travelling the procession the ornaments of the god Dadimunda deposit at this place for one day and thereafter travels the city with the procession.


This was the building where the Basnayaka Nilame watched the procession.

Vie Bissa (Paddy store)

This the place where store the harvest receive from paddy fields owned by the Devalaya. This harvest is used for the Tevava of Devalaya (daily service) and the balance is sent to God Vishnu Devalaya at Sri Dalada maligava for Tevava of there.

You are need to come to the Sri Dadimunda Devalaya with a suitable white dress.

History of Devalaya

There is folklore that when King Parakramabahu II in Dambadeniya reign was passing through Aluthnuwara on his way to Sri Pada, he was very impressed with this place. He then decided to donate the property for his loving queen Giriwasa Sunethradevi, to the temple. Near to this period a monk had come to reside here from Galaturumula Viharaya in Devinuwara. The monk was known as Assaddana Pirivenhimi as he was the founder of the Assaddana Pirivena close to the temple. His successors reside at the present Kirthi Sri Raja Maha Viharaya. The King Parakramabahu II was taken very ill and found it difficult to speak. His chief minister Devapathi Raja visited Devinuwara and made blessings to God Upulvan for immediate recovery of the King. In a dream, the chief minister was informed that the king’s illness cannot be cured. He returned to Dambadeniya with the ornaments of the deity and informed the king of his strange experience. Eventually the King died. A deity had informed them to build a shrine for the God Upulvan. Accordingly, a shrine was built. A statue of God Upulvan was sculptured out of Sapu wood by a famous sculptor and the statue placed in the newly built shrine. The place where the Sapu tree stood came to be known as Sapugathtara. The ornaments of the deity were brought from Devinuwara and deposited in the Devale at Aluthnuwara. Buildings were added on to the Devalaya during the reign of King Panditha Parakramabahu IV. The place was known as Nawatilakapuraya and later it became Aluthnuwara. There is another belief that a chieftain was defied as Devatha Bandara after his death and was also the chief minister of god Upulvan. A small Devalaya (shrine) was built in close proximity to the main Devalaya. Upto the time King Wimaladharmasuriya I of Kandy, kings and chieftains donated lands and other valuable items to maintain the Devalaya. When the Portuguese invaded Kandy they looted the Devalaya on their way. Hence, for safety the image of the God Upulvan was brought to the Sri Dalada Maligawa during King Senarat’s reign. At this time Hindu beliefs and worship became popular. Thus, Upulvan Devalaya in Kandy came to be known as Maha Vishnu Devalaya. With the shifting of the Upulvan Devalaya to Kandy, now only the Dedimunda Devalaya remains at Aluthnuwara.

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