Madawala Stone Inscription (මැදවල ශිලා ලේඛනය)

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Madawala is a village in Pahatha Dumbra of Kandy District. This valuable inscription is located in a land called Akuraketugalewatta. This inscription was made in the 47th  year of King Parakramabahu VI’s reign (1414-1466) and is written in modern Sinhala characters.

It is said that King Parakramabahu VI stopped at Madawala to rest on his way to visit Polonnaruwa from his capital of Kotte. During his stay not only did he obtain rice and other grains but also recruited soldiers for this army. As a gratitude the king donated land to a villager and this inscription was written in memory of this incident.

The inscription states that the Revenue from Madawala Village in Dumbara and the field of six amuna in sawing extent and the land including the plantation and jungles were granted as an inheritance to the silversmith Paramanaya and his son Suriya, being provided that they should remain as long as the sun and moon exist and that no king, sub-king, officers like ministers should cause trouble or disturbance.  The record also states that this record was cut in stone in the presence of Dantotavature Devan and Divanwathure Lanka Adhikarin by the ten Aghampadis on the full moon day of Vesak in the 47th year of the reign of King Parakramabahu VI.

The inscription can be reached by travelling about 500 meters on a side road from Madawala town. Although the archaeology department has set up some name boards, some villages have encroached on this place putting up fences claiming this land. In 2012 it was reported by a newspaper that the villagers are encroaching on this land and the people have tried to destroy this rock using dynamite. Madawala is a currently Muslim-dominated area.

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Travel Directions to Madawala Stone Inscription

Kandy can be reached from Colombo on the old Colombo – Kandy road (option 1) which is scenic but heavy in traffic, especially on Fridays and Sundays. However, the new Central Expressway (option 2) has opened up a new route which is longer but less cumbersome.

Route 1 from Colombo to KandyRoute 2 from Colombo to Kandy
Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel time: 3.20 hours
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Through : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel Time: 3.20 hours
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Route From Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
Through : Walapane – Raja Mawatha
Distance :100 km
Travel Time : 3.0 hours
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Route from Kandy to Madawala InscriptionRoute from Digana to Madawala Inscription
Through : Mahaiyawa
Distance :10 km
Travel time : 30mins
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Through : Madawala – Rajawella Road
Distance :9 km
Travel time : 20 minutes.
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