The History

The founding of Devram Vehera

A 16 perch plot of land situated at Kotunna Road, Keenagaha Depanama, Pannipitiya was originally purchased by Lt. Col. Sumith Dhammika Perera for residential purposes. However, after he sacrificed his life at the battle front for the cause of the country, nation and the religion the parents of the late war hero donated the said land to Ven. Sumangala Thero.

Ven. Sumanagala Thero originally built a temple known as Samadhi Asapuwa on this land and pursued his religious and social activities from there. However the land did not have sufficient space for the above purposes. One day while sitting on a hillock Ven. Thero had a vision urging him to establish a Devram Vehera. The present monumental Devram Vehera is the outcome of a firm resolution made by the Ven.Thero on that occasion.  With the ever increasing congregation of a large number of devotees both Buddhist and nonbuddhist around Ven. Sumangala Thero the premises of the Samadhi Asapuwa was found to be insufficient.  Particularly, owing to non-availability of a parking area for the vehicles of devotees people had to encounter inconveniences as a result of parking their vehicles in front of the houses of the residents. As a solution to this problem a vehicle parking area was built after purchasing and filling up the paddy field in front of the Asapuwa. It was the founding event of the Devram Vehera. Without any request being made people came forward voluntarily to assist in the construction of the chaitya, the Bodhi and the room housing the Buddha statues and this enabled the completion of Devram Vehera within a short period of time.


Constructions of different sections of the Vihara

     
A land to the extent of 2 acres which was deemed sufficient for construction of Devram Vehera was purchased after paying the land value to the owners. On the 24th of September 1999 the laying of the foundation stone for the Devram Vehera was held on a marshy land.
People came forward voluntarily and assisted in most of the construction work. The project was launched quickly and different sections such as Budu Medura, scared Bo tree, the chaitya, main centre of Budu Maga, Ven. Sri Piyadassi Nayaka Thero Commemoration Uposathagara, Adhistana Buddha Statue, etc. were completed within a very short period of time. Carrying out such a massive construction project so speedily was a marvelous thing to many, given the fact that entire operation was carried out on a marshy and uncultivated paddy field which had been filled up to 9 feet high with earth. No designers, architects or engineers were involved in any of those construction work. The only architect was Ven. Sumangala Thero. There is no wonder if any person looking at those structures begins to think seriously that Ven.Thero would have possessed and carried forward the technical expertise of this magnitude right along in his journey through the samsara.
Realizing the firm resolution made on the 24th September 1999 on the occasion of laying of the foundation stone all construction work of the Sri Devram Vihara along with other allied sections were completed exactly after one year from that date – by 24th September 2000.
Following a week along religious festivities held from September 21st to 27th the Devram Maha Vihara was venerably dedicated to the Triple Gem. On that occasion Ven. Sumangala Thero declared that the success of the whole project was not merely due to his own skill; the reality was that it was a realization of a noble vision. 
The week- long opening ceremony was actually a grand meritorious religious event. Day by day each section was declared open one by one. A festival of lights (Aloka pooja) was held comprising 84,000 oil lamps. This sacred place of worship inhabited by devas was dedicated to the noble Triple Gem by the Ven. Mahanayaka Theros of the three Nikayas following the week-long religious a
ctivities.

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