The pride of Jathika Namal Uyana:
What is unique about the Jathika Namal Uyana is that it is a many
made forest. It has a long history enriched with legend and romance.
This was introduced to
Venerable W. Rahula Thera
Sri Lanka on March 25, 1991.
Pink quartz mountain range
Venerable W. Rahula Thera, the environmalist brought to the attention
of the world that the largest mountain range in Asia, to pink quantz
Ven. Rahula Thera who was the first to live in the Uyana also informs
of people who kept their footprints on the sacred land. They were
helping hands that developed the area, to reach standards economically.
He has brought pride not only for him, but also for the villagers at
Ven. Rahula Thera is the founder of Jathika Namal Uyana.
It had been a sanctuary for Buddhist monks during King
Devanampiyatissa’s reign in the 8th century.
Later it was used as a prison camp. The prisoners had to plant Na
trees in the forest as a punishment. That is why it come to be known as
Namal Uyana, a man made forest. Archaeological finding show that during
certain periods, Namal Uyana, a man made forest.
Archaeological finding shows that during certain periods, Namal Uyana
had also been used as a centre of meditation for Buddhist Monks.
Ruins of an ancient Vihara, some huge stone pillars, a buddha statue
and a moonstone still exists. Meanwhile Jathika Namal Uyana is a home
for more than 18 species of birds and 14 species of lizards. The Jathika
Namal Uyana is also famed for having the largest pink quartz mountain
range in Asia.
According to the archaeological research finding, the pink quartz
mountain range has a history of more than 500 million years. The row of
7 mountains, is situated over and above 180-300 meters above sea level.
This mountain range is astonishing in its beauty. It’s only when you
look at it it is like 7 giant mountains guarding the ironwood forest.
Buddha statue at Namal Uyana
Three waterfalls from these mountains flows through the forest.
According to the legend Emperor Shah Jahan had used pink quartz of the
ridge to build his masterpiece Taj Mahal.
Ven. Rahula Thera, volunteered to protect the Namal Uyana and the
beautiful rose quartz ridge and walked into this forest 20 years ago. At
that time it was a haven for poachers and timber merchants. In addition,
the place was infested with poisonous snakes, and ferocious wild beasts.
However, the Namal Uyana gave a fragrance with Na flowers ridge that
stood like a giant in the background. Rahula Thera saw some of the
ruined Buddhist statues and shrine rooms in the thick jungle.
The beautiful streams and waterfalls made him so enchanted. He
decided to leave his Devirada Randada Rajamaha Vihara to settle down in
a hastily built hut on top of a “Mora Tree” in the Namal Uyana. This
“Mora Gaha Uda Peraliya,” this was on March 28, 1991.
Not discouraged by the dangers posed like mosquitoes and wild beasts
Ven. Rahula Thera decided to stay on the top of mara tree. However he
had to face the wrath of timber merchants and thief cahoots.
Though it is in the dry zone, people who gets into the Jathika Namal
Uyana get an immense satisfaction and pleasure which they have never
experienced. If not for the protection of Ven. Rahula Thera, this sacred
land which is a gift of nature, with ancient, archaeological and
environmental value would have been a bare land.