About The Sri Nagaramaya

Kandebedda Sri Nagaramaya is most delightfull for the Kandebedda Village which is surrounded by beautiful moutains and paddy fields. It is located in Kanumul Deniya which is under Giruwa Paththuwa Walasmulu Thanayama in Hambanthota of Southern Province, Sri Lanka. It’s called as ‘Kanumul Deniya’, because these paddy fields in the village are located as roots towards a tower.

As of the name of this area was surrounded by a forest in the past. Kandebedda Indrasara Thero was born in this beautiful Village. Kandebedda Indrasara Thero’s teacher Sapugoda Siddhartha Thero was Ransegoda Keerthi Sri Thero’s student.

In the past this temple was known as ‘Kandebedda Viharaya’. Lately the name ‘Sri Nagaramaya’ was also added into that name and also being used as an alias considering Ceylon ironwood (Mesua ferrea) trees around the area. Temple is mainly known as ‘Kandebedda Sri Nagaramaya’. 

Venerable Okandhayaye Sobhitha Thero

The present incumbent of Kandebedda Sri Nagaramaya, Okandhayaye Sobhitha Thero serves more than 1000 families in Mee Ella region and maintains the temple itself while working as a teacher at Sidhdharthoda Maha Pirivena, Matara.

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Some of the "Buddha's Quotes"

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

Life Story of Gauthama Lord Buddha

In the year 624 BC, in Kapilawaththu (Nepal) Siddhartha Gautama was born as a prince. His father was King Suddhodana and his mother was Queen Mahamaya. When he was sixteen he finished his education and he married Princess Yasodara. King Suddhodana handed over his kingdom to his son Siddhartha. They had a baby name Rahula. When king Siddhartha was 29 years old he decided to renounce lay life. Siddhartha left from his kingdom and went to several well-known teachers to study the ultimate nature of reality. But their teachings didn’t satisfy him and he set out to find his own path. Six years later he went to Bodgaya near the Neranjana River and sat under a tree.

We must keep in mind that we live like luscious flower in the mud came up from the surface as Lord Buddha's life.