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By OldRajans NA on 6/2/2011 6:51 PM
He was born on 20th January 1827. His teacher was Rev. Aruggamuwe Sri Rewatha Thero. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero was a very clever student.

During this time, a group of monks came from Thailand (Siyam Rata). There was no one to speak with them in Pali language.  In Hikkaduwa, they met the little monk Sri Sumangala and spoke in Pali with them. The group of monks was very happy about this little monk and spoke about him everywhere they went. So the name Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero became very famous throughout the world.

After that, well to do Buddhists of the area decided that this clever little monk should be taught well. So he was handed over to the Rev. Walane Sri Siddharthe Thero of Parama Dhamma Chethiya Viharaya at Rathmalane.

Sri Sumangala Thero started the Vidyodaya Pirivena. Even the students from Europe came to this highly educated to learn Pali and Buddhism. Sumangala Thero was good in Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit, English, Tamil, French and Rassian. His talents are evident in the books he written.

He was the chief incumbent of Sri Pada, Sanganayake of Galle area, deputy Chairman of Paramawinggnaratha Samagama. Rev. Sri Sumangala Thero died on the 29th April 1911.

R.A.N. Rupasinghe
Dharmaraja College, Kandy
Class Teacher: Mrs. Thamara Wijekoon
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