Thonigala Inscriptions Open For Public Viewing


Fearing artillery shells would destroy the Thonigala rock inscription during the war, it was buried for 20 years. Now that the situation is under control, the inscriptions have been re-opened for public viewing.

Under the supervision of the Chief Incumbent  Ven. Muwa Atagama Ananda Thera and R. G. Jayathilaka, Assistant Director, Department of Archaeology, Wanni, archaeological officer, Wickramamasiri Piyadasa carefully removed the layer of soil used to cover the Inscription. Archaeologists from Vavuniya, Mannar and Piyadasa worked tirelessly to remove the layer of soil.

The Inscription is found on the Horowpothana Road in Vavuniya, near the Kudakachchakodiya village. While the location is in dispute, archaeologists are gathering evidence to reach a conclusion about the location.

The Inscription came into being during the reign of Keerthi Sri Meghawarna, who reigned in the Anuradhapura Kingdom from 301 to 388 AD.

Thonigala is the Sinhala term for Orugala. Nagaragala is another name. Experts believe the area was known as Orugala or Thonigala due to the presence of several boat-shaped ponds on the rocky plateau near the inscription.

The Inscription mentions a bank scheme where paddy, green gram and undu grains were kept as capital and alms were given to monks preaching the Ariyawansa at the Madukanda Temple.

BY N. Priyadarshani – Vavuniya