We all have a curiosity about alien life in our minds. Mount Danigala in Kandegama, Polonnaruwa is a place where stories about alien life are woven. But in this article it will be clear to you that Kandegama is indeed a place of great archaeological importance. Tourists who like nature as well as history go to climb Danigala but in recent times the risk of epidemics had stopped.
Danigala is an isolated hill in the Polonnaruwa District of the North Central Province, located in the Kandegama Grama Niladhari Division in the Dimbulagala Divisional Secretariat. Kandegama mountain is adjacent to Danigala. From Polonnaruwa take the Aralaganwila-Dehiattakandiya road, pass Dimbulagala, and from Mahiyanganaya pass Dehiattakandiya and reach Aralaganwila and pass Damminna. Kandegama Dhananjaya Rajamaha Vihara is located close to it. You can reach Danigala Kanda by following a foot path from the temple grounds. Distance from Polonnaruwa to this place is 1 km. M. 46. Roads are well paved, making it easy to reach the foothills.
According to ancient divisions this place belongs to Egodapattu in the Thamankaduwa district. This place is mentioned in the Kandegama inscription as “Danigala” and in folklore as “Kottiyarampattuwa” which means that there were ten million monasteries. The Mahavamsa also mentions Kandegama Kanda and its environs as the “Inter-River Regional Area”. There are many natural caves in the area and can be identified by the dripstone caves with Brahmi inscriptions representing the period around the 3rd century BC where the pre-Aramaic monks lived. Kootakantha Tissa (42-20 BC) to the reign of King Mahasen (276-302 BC) has developed under the rule of various kings. According to some historians, pottery tools with cobra images found around Danigala were inhabited by the Naga people before the 3rd century BC.
Alien life and alien spacecraft have been associated with the area since ancient times. A few years ago, a meteorite fell on a paddy field in Aralaganwila near Danigala, causing a stir in the country. It is said that it is a common experience for the villagers to see various lights in the night sky. The villagers say that the bright lights, as well as the moving lights, roam the top of the hill and the surrounding hills. But these stories have not been scientifically substantiated.
Danigala is a mountain with a wonderful shape. Drone photographs show that it consists of a curved rock and that the forest on the rock also extends in a curved pattern. Hence, there are rumors that it has supernatural powers and that there are alien influences. Getting to the top of a single rocky hill is a difficult journey. However, tourists who like adventurous trips will love this trek. The mountain extends about a thousand feet above the ground. Climbing to the top of the mountain takes about two hours.
More than half of the mountain is surrounded by a single stone wall. Climbing is easier if the villagers can support it. There are rumors that the tunnels and caves in the small remnant hills behind Danigala mountain are connected to Danigala. Nearby is the Maduru Oya National Park. Because of this, the threat of wild elephants is no stranger to the village.
At the left end of the Dhananjaya Vihara you can climb up the hill by going up the small footpath that leads to the forest. Here you can climb both Kandegama Kanda and Danigala Kanda if you want.
Kandegama Buddha statue
After climbing the hill for a while and descending a steep slope again, you can see the ancient ruined Buddha statue on the Kandegama hill slope. The cave is 80 feet long and 25 feet wide. It is a reclining Buddha statue made of plaster. Its length is 38.9 feet. Like the statues at Pidurangala, Kumana Bambaragala and Okkampitiya, it can be seen that this statue was erected during the Anuradhapura period. It has been badly damaged by treasure hunters. There is no Sirasa in the sleeping statue. Treasure hunters have also smashed the wide brick walls that were tied to it. Large pits have also been dug to find treasure nearby.
Another brick wall near the base of the statue shows that the cave houses were divided into two parts. The statue was later completely destroyed and only the remains of the statue’s seat can be seen today.
Professor Paranavithana has published 10 pre-Brahmi inscriptions in the caves of Kandegama Kanda. They refer to making caves and offering them to monks. Among those who offered caves were village chiefs, Parumakas, Gampathis and revenue officials. Inscriptions indicate that the site was once a monastery where many Buddhist monks lived.
Puzzles at the top of the hill
There is a steep slope of about 90 degrees at the top of Danigala hill. Walking near the ridge of a curved rock is a very careful task. There are no tall trees in the middle of the 10 acre high hill. The jungle is located slightly to the south. There is a grassy area on Danigala hill. On an aerial camera it looks like a circular runway. It is also a reason to weave a mountain of mysteries around.
Maduru Oya National Park and Reservoir stand out in front of the beautiful view from the rock. Bamunugala mountain can be seen in the distance. Bamunugala is a beautiful hill in the Maduru Oya forest. Dimbulagala Kanda and several other isolated mountains also adorn this view.
Kandegama Caves contain several archeological paintings which can be traced back to the 3rd century BC. These are pictorial patterns that exploit the rock surface from striped patterns. Similar to the painting patterns such as Mawanella Asmadala and Alawwe Hakbelikanda
From the Dhananjaya Rajamaha Vihara, you can reach the top of the cave where the rock paintings are located by entering the top of Kandegama Kanda through a footpath that runs north. The cave with paintings and the rock cover is located near the top of Kandegama mountain. To reach it, one has to take a difficult gorge path.