It is believed that the “Dedimunda Deiyo” is the guardian deity of the Buddha Sasana. The name of the deity suggests that he was firm, hardhearted with a strong and powerful personality.
This “Devale” is considered a special place of worship by many. On “Kembura” days, which are Wednesdays and Saturday’s people come to offer pooja and make vows to the deity. People afflicted by illness which they consider is mostly due to evil spirits of “Yaksha” or “Bhootha”, have faith that the deity has the power to cure them of their illnesses. They come from many parts of the country to seek the blessings of this deity.
Originally, the place of worship was built during the Dambadeniya period. It is believed that when King Parakramabahu II was passing through Aluthnuwara on his way to Sri Pada, he was very impressed with the place. There he decided to donate the property pattu village of his Queen Giriwasa Sunethra Devi, to the temple.
Reaching Dedimunda Dewalaya
To reach Aluthnuwara Devale one must travel to Hingula, two miles away from Mawanella on the Kandy-Colombo main road which was once a busy bazaar. About two miles away from the Hingula bazaar, there is a road to the interior of Aluthnuwara which leads to the shrine of the deity Dedimunda Deiyo. Passing paddy fields and homesteads, one comes to an Ambalama with high stone wall pillars, a resting place for weary travelers in the days gone by. Travelling further, a flight of steps leads to the ‘Maluwa’ (compound). A short distance away is the Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devale.
This place is must visit destination in Mawanella, specially for the cultural thrill seekers. This place carries the highest historical value among all places in Mawanella. To visit the Dewalaya, you must wear a dress which covers your body properly. (no sleeveless tops for both ladies and gents, no shorts or short skirts for ladies, but for kids it’s fairly acceptable) if you are wearing short clothes, use a cloth to cover up yourself.
A wonderful Art display and a historical story awaits the visitors.