Halpe Pattini Devalaya at Ella – හල්පේ පත්තිනි දේවාලය

Halpe Pattini Devalaya

Halpe Pattini Devalaya
Photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

This is located in the Ella District Secretariat Division of the Badulla District of the Uva Province on a hillock at a short distance of the main road to Halpe.

According to the belief coming down the generations, this Devale had been shifted from its original location in Hettipola, which is not far from the present site.

The Devale roof is supported on elegantly carved timber columns with lotus bracket-capitals. Its inner chamber has clay walls. The section of the building known as Maligava is a two storied timber structure and the upper floor could be accessed by a wooden ladder.

Its walls are of timber panels supported on stone columns and beams. Between the timber columns is a latticed fence. In the ground floor a sandalwood statue of Pattini Goddess and deposited besides it are processional lances, lamps and water containers.

The carvings in this Devale depict the typical Kandyan tradition. The door frame of the entrance to one of the corridors is adorned with a Makara Torana and the images of doorkeepers. The Devale premises have an ancient Bhodhigara and the structure of an ancient temple. The evidence that a parapet enclosing all these items had been in existence is visible. This site not only displays the archaeological significance of the area but also as a place subject to veneration. The Archaeological Department has declared the Devale as a protected monument.

Currently the devalaya is opened only during festival seasons only.

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Travel Directions to  Halpe Pattini Devalaya at Ella

The Pattini Devale at Halpe lies surrounded by a green paddy fields about 300 meters away from the Bandarawela Badulla Road. Bandarawela lies 10.5 km away and Badulla 17.5 km away from the devalaya. A large sign board installed by the Uva province ministry of tourism  can be seen at the turn off this site.

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