Sin: වාරියපොල vāriyapola

‘Indigo Place’  NWP,  Sri Lanka.

From Sin: nili (colloq. awariya) ‘indigo plant’ [Indigofera tinctoria]; and Sin: pola/pala, ‘place, site, village’.

Wariyapola Sri Sumangala is a monk who was born here and became famous in 1815 for lowering the British flag and raising the Sinhalese lion flag, before the ceremony which would effectively hand Sri Lanka over to the British.

During the 1818 Rebellion  he removed the Buddha’s Tooth Relic from Kandy (the symbol of the right to rule the country) and handed it over to rebel leaders. 

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


Wariyapola Sri Sumangala statue in Kandy

Wariyapola Sri Sumangala statue in Kandy          Cherubino