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Dom João – The Black Prince of Sri Lanka

Portrait of Dom João in ecclesiastical costume

The story of this ´Black Prince´ takes us back to the time of the fall of Sitawaka and the emergence of the Kingdom of Kandy. This was the time that the Portuguese had a plan to conquer the whole of Sri Lanka.

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Kusumasana Devi (Dona Catherina) – The Last Queen of Sinhale – කුසුමාසන දේවි (දෝන කතරිනා)

Queen Dona Catherina (Kusumasana Devi) being welcomed by the General Conquistador Pedro Lopez de Souza

Kusumasana Devi’s life is unique in the annals of the history of Sinhala and her achievements in her short life span of nearly 32 years is unparalleled in our history.

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Uthuwankande Sura Saradiel – The Robin Hood of Sri Lanka – උතුවන්කන්දේ සූර සරදියෙල්

Uthuwankande Sura Saradiel - The Robin Hood of Sri Lanka

A character becoming a nuisance to the British appeared in the form of a daredevil man called Saradiel, a bandit of sorts, who operated with his gang of robbers in that part of the country.

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Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thero – Scholar monk par excellence – තොටගමුවේ ශ්‍රී රාහුල හිමි

Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera - Bassilica Dom Jesus in Goa

The perusal of numerous manuscripts and books written on Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera reveals that the descriptive narratives have been compiled using the eulogistic epithets with the aim of highlighting the erudition and his unique supernatural skills.

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Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero – වැලිවිට ශ්‍රී සරණංකර හිමි

Entrance to the Malwatu Maha Viharaya

Sri Lanka should have celebrated the 309th birth anniversary of Sangharaja Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thera as much as the introduction of Upasampada to Sri Lanka in 1753. If not for Sangharaja Weliwita, Sri Lanka would not have been a Buddhist country.

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