The Truth about Kadurugoda and Malicious Tamil Homeland Claims
Posted on September 6th, 2010

Dilrook Kannangara

Kadurugoda Viharaya has been re-established to the glory it deserves although the pristine glory of the second century BC Sinhela Buddhist construction will never return to the site. Naming it correctly has angered some racist elements who find anything that rhymes like a Tamil word to be Tamil. The government must be thanked for restoring the site once again with respect, sanctity and holiness denied to it for decades. WhatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the truth about Kadurugoda and what about the counter-claims?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Absurd Claims

A popular ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”TamilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ news website (unfortunately itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s name is also Tamil just like everything else it espouse for – Tamil Elam, Tamil grievances, Tamil aspirations, Tamil homelands, Tamil nationality, Tamil sovereignty, Tamil Alliance, Tamil Tigers, etc., etc.) tries to mislead the readership by cock and bull theories based on how words sound and rhyme.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Rhyme is the only method Tamil Elam historians can rely on as they have absolutely no history in Sri Lanka. According to them, the Tamil name Kantharoadai means ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the pond of KantharƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. This is a totally meaningless interpretation just by going by the rhyme as there is no relevance to Kanthar to this site.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Tamil historians quote from the Tamil Nadu fairy tale story collection Manimeakalai and say it says there were Tamil Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Although this fact is not disputed, the epic in concern is an Indian one, not of the island of Sri Lanka. Contrary to how it has been interpreted, nowhere in it says ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”TamilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ people lived in Sri Lanka. It identifies people as people without racial definitions. Sri Lankans donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have to rely on Tamil Nadu accounts to know what happened in Sri Lanka where there is a well written history.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Tamil historians have absolutely no evidence to justify their claims other than rhyming words.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Truth

This site is referred to as the Kadivungoda Vihara in the Nampota which was written as late as the Kandyan era. The bases of twenty-two dagabas with diameters ranging from 8ft to 12ft were exposed from the excavations here and one dagaba with a diameter of about 231/2ft. From the site archaeologists have recovered dagaba finials of lime stone caskets, Bodhisatva head of lime-stone, pillar stumps, a sacred foot print stone etc. The first excavations at the site had yielded Buddha statues and other Buddhist religious artifacts such as dagaba finials. A huge limestone Buddha statue recovered from the excavations is exhibited in the Jaffna Archaeological Museum. The site belongs to around 200BC. Although its earliest name is Kadivungoda, it had several old names including, Kandagoda and Kadurugoda. Kaduru and goda are very common Sinhala village name terms. For instance Kaduruwela is a town close to Parakrama Samudra along A11 road. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-GodaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ is a frequently occurring place name suffix.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ According to well documented Sri Lankan history chronicles, Nagadeepa (refer to the Yapanaya or Jaffna peninsular) is the place where Lord Buddha made his second visit to Sri Lanka. He sorted out a dispute between Chulodhara and Mahodhara to established peace. The exact place where Buddha made his sermon is called Rajyathana Chithya (Stupa) located in Kadurugoda. The place became a venerated place among people after the Buddha’s visit and subsequently a Bo-tree was planted. (Rajayathana is the Pali word for Bo-tree). History puts the date of Lord BuddhaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s visit to Yapapatuna around 523BC.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ None of these details can be provided by Tamil Elamist historians because they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have a history in Sri Lanka.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ A piece of a black-red pot with letters belonging to the pre-historic period was found in Kadurugoda area. Similar pieces of black-red pots with letters were found from Gedige area in Anuradhapura too.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Both pieces found in Kadurugoda and Gedige had old Sinhala Brahmi letters with Sinhala names. References to this temple are also found in the Nampotha written in the Kandyan Era. Brahmi is an Indo-Aryan language used in ancient India. The only Indo-Aryan language in Sri Lanka is Sinhala. Tamil is not an Indo-Aryan language. Care should be taken not to mix Indo-Aryan genetics which is a completely different subject.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Maintaining the Sanctity of the Sacred Place

Kadurugoda Buddhist shrine along with many more Buddhist shrines in the Yapanaya (Jaffna) district survived until the 20th century but during the 20th century they almost disappeared due to neglect and deliberate destruction by those who claim this area to be part of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Tamil ElamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Tamil Tigers destroyed many Sinhala Buddhist historical places and desecrated many others. Examples include the barbaric Tamil Elamist bomb attack and resultant massive destruction caused to the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the country – Sri Dalada Maligawa in January 1998, massacre of Sinhala Buddhists at the most sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the mid 1980s and killing of 35 Buddhist monks in Aranthalawa in 1987. WhatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s worse, while these incidents happened, the entire Tamil political leadership refrained from unconditionally condemning these acts. Instead, they made political mileage from them. Their silence amounted to support as Tamil Tigers showed no remorse.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In this context, it is not difficult to understand their conduct towards the shrines in Tamil majority Yapanaya (Jaffna) peninsular. Some hardcore Tamil Elamist elements caused immense damage to Sinhala Buddhist shrines in these areas as a means of hurting the Sinhalese.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Buddhist religious practices like Perahera (religious processions) were not allowed to be held in Tamil majority North even after the security forces gained full control in 1995.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It is shameful that some Tamil separatist elements complain that they had to remove shoes when entering this area. Removing shoes when entering a holy area is very much a Tamil tradition too. Tamils remove shoes when entering Tamil places of worship and must show the same respect for Sinhala places of worship. This also gives away that Kadurugoda was never a Tamil religious place. If it were, no Tamil would complain removing shoes to enter the shrine calling it ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”cult-likeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as Tamils remove shoes when entering their holy places.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Repeated government attempts to re-establish the sanctity of Kadurugoda were scuttled by Tamil academics of the Yapanaya (Jaffna) University until recently. Only upon the complete wipe out of terrorists could the Buddhists peacefully preserve the sanctity of their places of worship in the North. Had it not happened, these sacred and historical sites would have been completely erased by Tamil Elamists.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Given these facts, it is extremely dangerous to vest the welfare of these Sinhala Buddhist shrines in the hands of Tamils. Sad to say they have not done a good job in preserving the sanctity of these shrines. In fact they were complicit in destroying these sites. Maintenance of archeological sites should never be delegated to provincial or local government authorities. It is imperative that this remains with the government of Sri Lanka, always.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Ownership

There is absolutely no doubt Sri Lanka owns the Kadurugoda Buddhist Shrine and all other shrines within the territory of Sri Lanka. Since it is a Buddhist shrine, Buddhists of Sri Lanka must own it. Tamils in the North unfortunately failed to show the due respect it deserves and it is foolhardy to assume they ever will. The fact that almost all the Sri Lankan Buddhists are Sinhalese is not relevant to decide on ownership. Since Buddhists ensure the continuing sanctity of the place with loving care and since it is a Buddhist place of worship, it got to be within the ownership of Buddhists.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The plight of this shrine until recently shows the sad plight of hundreds of Sinhala Buddhist historical sites scattered across the North and the East. All these need to be revived.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In wide contrast to the callous conduct of Tamils in regard to Buddhist shrines, Sinhalas have been very accommodative of all other faiths. Samanala Mountain (AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Peak) is a good example of how the Sinhalese have protected with great loving care the footprint claimed by devotees of all major faiths as belonging to their particular god/religious figure. There has not been any disrespect or disregard for any of the other faiths.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It is the duty of the government to reinstate all places of worship, especially those with historical value. To ensure continued sanctity of historical Buddhist places of worship, Buddhist settlements should be created in the vicinity to care for these shrines with loving care. There is little sense in permanently deploying armed guards to protect these sites. At the same time racially prejudiced bogus claims made with the aim of extorting part of this great island nation for a mono-ethnic enclave should be condemned and treated with disgust.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Conclusion

Those who claim a Tamil Elam in Sri Lanka have no knowledge of history. If they had a hint of historical knowledge they would know that Sri Lanka won all the wars waged against Tamil separatists leaving no room for a separate Tamil nation within the island. It is important to apprehend this fact fully so that no one will cause mischief to Sinhalan historical places of worship hoping naively that it will change history or cause a Tamil-only nation to take root in the island. Ryming wors cannot replace well documented historical accounts. In order to show that we care, Sri Lankans must visit these shrines. Sri Lankans living abroad must make it a habit to visit these historical less-known sites when visiting home.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

16 Responses to “The Truth about Kadurugoda and Malicious Tamil Homeland Claims”

  1. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Eelam is a derivation of HELA. Tamils were Buddhists and Tamil Kings of Pallava origins shared the thrones of Sri lanka and S/India.

    Kantha = Hill or highest place in Pali, sanskrit as well as in Tamil and Sinhalese. That is why KANTHA SAMYs (Lord Muruga or Kathragam Deviyo) exist among Tamils. Even the name KANDY come from it. Kandy is used by Sinhalese and Malayalees only now. Sinhalese now try to erase the Historical names to suit their RACIST politics.

    Further Buddhism never flew to Sinhalese bypassing all the Tamil Areas. Any sensible person will know it!

    All the Buddhist remains cannot be Sinhala because Sinhalese never brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

    The author seems to be a fool and talk about “TAMIL PLACES OF WORSHIP” and SINHALA PLACES OF WORSHIP. What the hell is that?

    SINHALA BUDDHISM is a breed of RACISM and nothing to do with BUDDHA!

    He dispute Tamil presence in Sri Lanka. He better read Mahavamsa which was authored by a Buddhist monk of Tamil Pallava origin!

  2. Nihal Fernando Says:

    Mr Dilrook Kannnagara, I am nowhere near your subject knowledge and I do deeply appreciate for widening my awareness of Our Heritage in Sri Lanka by your article published on the Lankaweb .

    As usual, MUdali is trying to become the Maha Dena Muttha who thinks that he knows anything an everything, and has gone to the extent of calling a learned person a fool. Buddhism is Buddhism and it has nothing to do with caste or race. Whoever brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka it was brought to the whole Sri Lankans. He always contradicts his own statements. Sinhalese never tried to erase historical names to suit their racist politics but Tamils did it for hundreds of years.

    The name Kanda-Utarata or Senkadagala was shortened by the Portuguese to Candea and the British spelled it out as Kandy and it remains as it is.

  3. Raj Says:

    I am not even Sinhalese, but what I know is someone who calls anyone in an intellectual forum like this one is him/herself is one of them. If Mudali has a different opinion, that is your previlege. Why don’t you put that in writing and publish somewhere Mudali?. You can start from Sri Lanka Guardian, ground views or Tamilnut perhaps.

  4. Sri Rohana Says:

    Dilrook, a great work.
    Mudali, Kandy nothing to do with tamil myth Kantha sami a six faces twelve hands alien type statue. Nihal well explained it with the meaning. Kande is a very Singhalese word pronounced as Kandy in English.
    Nagadheepa and Kandurugoda are proven example of Buddhist civilization in northern Sri Lanka. That is the reason those eelam tamil racist make unnecessary issue on it.
    Even Prabakaran’s town “Velvetithurai” is a tamilised Singhalese name. Real name is Veli-Veti Waraya/port (thurai). Veli-Veti = Sand dune. Veli-veti became Velveti thurai.
    “Kankesanthurai” tamilized Singhala name. Gangas Waraya/port (thurai). Kyts is “urathota”. “Mankulam”= Mana =kind of grass/ Kulam= wewa(lake). “Chunakam” =Hunu Gama(Chalk)kam= Gama. “Welikamam”=Weli gama(kamam). Mannar = manaram dupatha.
    In Eastern province also same as in north lot’s of singhala names tamilized. Example Trincomalee=tirukonamalai= Siri gona kanda(gokanda) =Siri =tiru Gona=Kona, Kanda=malai, Kalkuda =Gal goda, Kalmune =Gal amuna, Valchchena = Valas hena, Saman Thurai=Saman Waraya/port(Thurai in tamil =waraya/port), Ninthaur =nindha gama(ur) village given as a reward( gift) by King Senerath.
    Singhalase it is a correct time “get up standup, standup for your right”.

  5. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    Good on you, Dilrook.
    This is not the first time Mudali has condemned anyone exposing Tamil racism and for some reason he is comfortable agreeing with the Tamil Elamists’ versions of distorted SriLankan History and place names.
    It is people like you who could counter such false and misleading statements especially for the sake of our younger generation, who have unfortunately been deprived of learning at school the history of their motherland. I believe the subject “Sri Lankan history” was removed from the school curriculum during JR’s regime, to pacify the tamil-elamists and their apologists. Any proposal to re-introduce history would be anathema to these anti-sinhala groups who are trying hard to mislead future generations within and outside SriLanka and they will oppose it’s re-introduction giving bogus reasons. So keep going with your good work.

  6. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Twisting words is now an art of Politics.

    Manimekalai talk about Tamil Buddhists and Sri Lanka. The funniest thing is Sinhalese claims BUDDHA visited Sri Lanka. But Buddha never left anywhere from India. Only Manimekalai mentions about the visit of Buddha to Sri lanka. No other document refer this “VISIT”.

    In the OLD days Buddhist Monks also refered as BUDDHAS by Tamils. Visit of the Buddhist monks from Tamil Nadu is copied by Sinhalese as a Visit BY Buddha.

    No comments by any one “How Buddhism” reached Sri Lanka? Even they are silent about the origins of Bhikku Mahanaamaa who was a Tamil Pallava Royal and wrote Mahavamsa which is claimed as a great SINHALA Historical document but it was written in PALI, an old Indian language.

    Sinhalese, claims always that they came from North India, but no trace of Sinhala in North india.

    In the recorded History no Sri lankan King or Queen ever married any North Indian Royals! Why? They always married with TAMIL Royal Houses.

    Can these Sinhala Pandits explain “HERATH NUTHIYAANSELAAGE” or TENNAKONE or SINGAPULI or KODIPULI or VENGAPULI among Sinhalese?

    Some place names in Jaffna are SANSKRIT origin. How can the Sinhalese claim they are Sinhala? SANSKRIT is the language of Hindus. Tamils are still Hindus.

    CHENAI is a Tamil word. HENA derived from it.

    How is the NALLURUWA in Panadura? or Hettiya (watta) or place names ending with PITTI(ya)?

    None of these names come from North India but came from South India!

    Kandy was called as Kandy by the Kandyan Kings and the people there. Why do these guys now go to Portugal? haha

    When the History of Buddhism comes, all the Sinhala pandits are ducking and unable explain! Now the FERNANDOs of Portugeuse Era Tamils too pretend they are from North india.

  7. Sajith Says:


    Stop insulting Buddhist beliefs. You are no different to people insulting Hindu Kali beliefs. Prabakaran’s grand father was from Kerala wasn’t he? Why did he fight for Tamils?

    Sinhala is not from North India. Sinhala was created in Sri Lanka by people who came from North India and indegenous people of Sri Lanka. Tamils were brought from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka, Madagasca, Seyshells, Nigeria, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji. Now to Cananda and Australia by boat. They speak the same language. You speak the language of Tamil Nadu. Tamil was created in Tamil Nadu, Sinhala was created in Sri Lanka.

    Have you met Veddas? They are the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka. Their language is similar to Sinhala not the Tamil Nadu language. Sorry Mudali you got it wrong this time.

  8. Nihal Fernando Says:

    [MUdali – Can these Sinhala Pandits explain “HERATH NUTHIYAANSELAAGE” or TENNAKONE or SINGAPULI or KODIPULI or VENGAPULI among Sinhalese?]
    I am not a pandit in Sinhala or anything but just an ordinary person as you called me an uneducated man who worked, attached to Ministry of Defence and Aviation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for ten years and now have contracted with another oversea manufacturing compnay in a senior managerial position.

    When Portugeuse captured and ruled Ceylon they conferred names such as Fernando, Perera, Silva, etc. on Sinhala Buddhists in order to convet them to Christians otherwise they were deprived of education, employment and other social status. Whatever has happened to my great-great grand fathers I am personally proud to be remaining as Sinhala Buddhist and generally as a Sri Lankan.

    Before we explain Herath Mudiyaanselage, etc. you Mudali is a South Indian name. That is the very reason your family ties, feelings, etc. drag you culturally and emotionally to where your ancestors lived. You have your roots in South India. I think that you will be more comfortable and happy to live in Tamil Nadu so as to have a normal life without living in confusion.

  9. Sri Rohana Says:

    Mudali we are not here to check the DNA of Sri Lankans. Sinhala nation/race is having only one country in this world. Your tribe has a large tamil country (tamil nadu/Demala Rata) Tamils can live there peacefully. Allow us to live peacefully in our Sri Lanka. Sinhalese never ever want to come to your tamil country. We are proud of our country. Why don’t tamils live in their country. What made them to come to Sri Lanka. Aren’t they love or proud of their country? Or do they have any discrimination or caste problem in tamil nadu? Isn’t it tamil expansion?
    Your interpretation for Kandy is not logical Mudali. If Kandy name have a relationship to Skanda one day you will tell that Skanda lived in Canada therefore to respect Skanda it named as Canada.
    We are not bothered about anyone’s family names if he or she loves Sri Lanka we consider him as a true Sri Lankan.

  10. M.S.MUdali Says:

    I always agree and believe SINHALA is a NATIVE language of Sri Lanka. Veddhas dont speak Sinhala or Tamil but I found many Tamil words in their language.

    Keralaa and Tamil Nadu were the closest neighbours of Sri Lanka. People are from these countries FREELY settled in these countries. In Kerala, a group is known as EEZHAVAs =Came from EELAM, and they still trace their history to Sri lanka and they are coconut toddy tappers. EELAM is an old word for WHOLE Sri lanka.

    The article tries to change Kantharodai to Kathuru Goda. How is that reasonable at the current context? Do we need it? Now Kantharodai is a 100% Tamil speaking village. What is the point of this “Sinhala” claim there in the name of Buddha? Is this author trying a Sinhala Expansion?

    This kind of Sinhalization never help the people to live in peace. Historical evidences never support these ideas.

    The Tamil people live in Tamil Nadu as well as in Sri Lanka for thousands of years. That is the recorded History. Why should the Sri lankan Tamil people leave Sri lanka?

    Tamil-Sinhala problem is a creation of the Europeans who ruled the nation. Before we have no eveidence to support the Tamil-Sinhala devide.

    Why should Tamils and Sinhalese hang on to the European created Mockery?

  11. Sajith Says:


    I agree Europeans created this divide. Before that there was no separate Tamil areas. Everyone lived everywhere. Before the Europeans the proportion of Tamils in Sri Lanka was very small and that was why there was no problem. Plantations brought a large number of Tamils.

    I don’t support Sinhalaization. I don’t support Tamilization.

    Sri Lanka was not known as Eelam. May be only to south Indians. But there is a bigger world outside south India.

    Veddha language is mostly Sinhala words than Tamil words.

  12. M.S.MUdali Says:

    This Tamil – Sinhala problem too with S/India and Sri lanka. Eelam is now a TAMIL word which make some people uneasy but the word was mentioned in the inscriptions of Pallavas in 5AD.

    We have no reason to hate the word Eelam because it is the variation of HELA. For Tamils (before all these troubles) Sri Lanka was known as EELAM.

    Tamil, Sinhalese and other South Indian Languages have a common ancestor. That is HELA.

  13. Sajith Says:


    Sinhalese is not a south Indian language. Sri Lanka was never known as EELAM in Sri Lanka. Only south Indians called it EELAM.

    EELAM = HELA and HELA = Sinhala, EELAM = Sinhala.

    Why are you fighting for the Sinhala (EELAM) land?

    You are fighting a losing battle. You can tell us but can’t put it into action in Jaffna. I will be happy if the government builds Hindu kovils with every Buddhist temple they build.

  14. M.S.MUdali Says:

    HELA is not Sinhala. But Sinhala is from Hela! Tamil also from Hela!

    South Indian Languages and Sinhala borrowed many words from Sanskrit and Pali.

    Sinhala and Sinhalese can find common things with South Indian languages and South Indians only! Because our history always with South Indian kingdoms!

  15. Sajith Says:


    Rubbish. Tamil is not from Hela. Tamil is from Tamil Nadu.

  16. aruna Says:


    Tamil is an ancient language and it also transformed but retained much of its ancient heritage. Tamil as spoken language is much older than any other language spoken in India even Sanskrit. You cant explain many of the words or names of places in Sanskirt except in Tamil. Tamil and Pali is more connected and linked many words were similar which you cant find in Sanskrit. Sanskrit as a language is never spoken by the masses and so the words in it should be sourced from Tamil or Prakrit which were mainly the peoples languages in South India and North India res. Buddhism is the major religion through out India for many centuries including Tamil Land. MuruKan/Skanda/Ayyanar/Ayyappan refers to Buddha in forms and they are all Tamil words for third eye,knowledge, teacher,father etc.. These Gods were later adaped to Hindusim duign the Bhakthi period using some Mythical stories. Buddhism went to Lanka from Tamilnadu and the Buddhist Monasteries and kingdoms throughout Tamilnadu which played an important role in the spread of Buddhism to the Island. Srilanka retained its Buddhist past but Many Tamilians/Indians moved forward with the influence of new religions of organised Hinduism which completely replaced the Buddhist past of Tamilcountry for many reasons, Just how Chirsitianty and Judaism were replaced by Islam in the Arab land. Ancient Tamil literatures never speak much about the present Hindu Gods and Thirukural is closer to Buddhist faith than Hindu thoughts and also Tamil epics were from Tamil Buddhist and Jain authors.

    Its clear the Tamils were there in the Island for centuries as Natureworsippers, Buddhist and then Hindus, Islam, Christianity etc. But We as Tamils are still the proud owners of a language and culture that retained much of its ancient heritage and were more secular than any other person on earth. Yaathum Oore Yavarum Kelir.

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