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Devanagara

Also called Devapura. A town at the southern point of Sri Lanka, the modern Dondra. An old vihāra, repaired by Vijayabāhu I, existed there (Cv.lx.59). Devanagara is mentioned in the campaigns of Parakkamabāhu I as a scene of conflict (Cv.lxxv.47). There was a temple at Devanagara built (by Dappulasena according to the Sinhalese poem Pārākumbā-Sirita) in honour of the god Uppalavaṇṇa. Here Vīrabāhu celebrated a sacrifice after his victory over the Jāvakas (Cv.lxxxiii.49). Parakkamabāhu II found the shrine in great decay and rebuilt it with great splendour, and inaugurated a festival which is celebrated every year, even up to the present day, in the month of Āsāḷha (Cv.lxxxv.85). Parakkamabāhu IV built a long-shaped temple of two storeys for the recumbent image of the Buddha, which is found in the vihāra (Cv.xc.94).

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