One of the fraternities of monks in Sri Lanka, an off-
The first chief of Uttarola was the king’s brother himself and he was in charge of six hundred monks. He was granted great honours and privileges together with five classes of servants to minister to him. He was also appointed to supervise the guardians of the Tooth Relic (Cv.lvii.7‑11, and 16‑26; also Geiger’s Trs.i.194, n.2 and 3).
From a Tamil inscription of Mānavamma we find that he kept up his patronage of the Uttaramūla Nikāya, and it is recorded that he gave over the custodianship of the Tooth Relic to a monk of this fraternity, named Moggallāna (Epi. Zey., vol.ii., pt. vi., pp.250 ﬀ).
In later years this Nikāya produced many an illustrious star in Sri Lanka’s literary firmament, among them the grammarian Moggallāna, Vilgammūla, Mahā Thera and Sri Rāhula. For details about them see P.L.C., passim.