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People have had doubts about the existence of gods for a long time, so it is often that we hear god's stories from  folktales or fictitious details in our literary books. LankaWisdom has researched about gods by talking with people who possess mind power and have the ability to talk with gods as well as others who can link with gods via mantra science & light reading. We have summarized these details and referenced it with the Theravada Sutra Pitakaya. Now we are going to reveal some important details about gods & goddesses for the benefit of mankind. We want to give a big thank you to all spiritual professionals & Buddhist Theros who have helped us for our research about deities. We wish them success in their spiritual life!
If you have any real life experiences with these gods & goddesses such as Kataragama, Vishnu, Satarawaram Gods, Sakra Devendra, etc then please send us your experiences. We will publish them on our page or use those details for our research which will be a help to all of us. Also, if you believe some details need to be corrected, then please send us such comments too. For this task, you or someone you know must have the direct ability to talk with gods via mind power, mantra science, hypnotism, light reading, etc. You can join our Face Book group : Buddhist Deities
    

Who are Gods & Goddesses

Gods and goddesses are powerful energy beings who have performed big merits through donations, precepts and meditations in their past life times. Gods don't like come physically close to the human world or to humans. They only like to look at us and use their mind waves to help us. Often gods thoughts are powerful which means they have the ability to create physical objects from their mind. Gods look at people who perform merits and use their mind power to help them, in order to make their lives easier. This is called as Devatha Dushti which means Attraction of Gods. We can get their attraction mainly by giving merits to them. In Sri Lanka gods & goddesses are called as Deviyo. Some low power gods & newly born gods are called as Devatha or Deva Putta. Apart from gods, there also exists other types of energy beings which are detailed below: 
  
Naga - They are powerful inhumans who mostly live in the ocean, but like to do merit and have the same power as gods. When they want to physically appear, they are seen as serpents. Some of them have big bodies & possess powerful mind power.
Devils - Yakka - Beings who are cruel and look uglier than gods. Most of them don't show respect to the five precepts. Some have fearful faces and body color which is dark black. They like to eat meat, fish, eggs & oiled meals.
Hungry Ghosts - Praytha - Beings who did sins in their past life and now stay without food, clothing, body and housing. Commonly these inhumans cause trouble to us with spell bindings & hunting our homes and bodies.
Bahirawa - The same as ghosts but are only located in certain areas & protect that area as their own. Bahirawa only trouble us when we try to reside in their area. In that type of situation, we need to do a Bahirawa Puja to get their permission.
Asura - Inhuman beings that have the same power as gods, but don't respect precepts or virtuous people. They do jokes & cause trouble to good people and sometimes fight with gods too. They stay in the ocean or nearby areas.
Mara - Inhuman beings that have great power for controlling all living beings including gods and then attach them to lust, ill-will & ignorance. They cause trouble to good people in the human world or deities and also help bad people.
   
Gods don't enter or hunt into the human body like hungry ghosts, nagas or devils do. But some devils do actually observe the five precepts, show respect to Buddhism & practice the Buddhist teachings.
Some gods live in heaven (Sadiuya Loko Devo) and some live in the human world or sky near the Earth and they are called Earth Based gods (Bumatu Devo). In Maha Samaya Sutta, Lord Buddha said there are gods existing in all other planets and stars (NakkhattÓni PurakkhatvÓ...) such as our Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, etc. Gods who do not belong to the lust world stay in the Brahma Worlds (Brahma Loko Devo) & gods who are in Anagami state (being who has removed lust) stay in the Pureland heavens (Suddawasa Devo). Some low power gods who perform entertainment for higher gods with art, music and dances are called as Gandrauwa. They mainly live in some part of heaven of the four regions. A popular Buddhist teaching states that "People, who have gone to the Buddha for refuge, will not go to the plane of hells. On discarding the human body, they will fill the hosts of devas in the heavens".
     
How We Can Attract Gods & Goddesses? Jump to Top!
It is very difficult to get god's attraction within a small amount of time such as one day. Sometimes it takes two or more months in order to get the attraction from a particular god. However Buddhist people can get their attraction from mind requesting every day after worshiping the triple gem. But some people can get their attraction much quicker because of past life relationships with gods. But god's attraction formula is simple, which is shown below: 
   
  Merits + Precepts + Tidiness + Sweet Odors + Chanting Dhamma (Parittas)
  
Lord Buddha has said it is wise to transfer merits to gods by doing Buddhist merit activities such as : giving alms or medicine, clothing donations to the sangha, help to build temples or rooms for meditative Buddhist monks, doing meditations, observing precepts, teaching dharma, learning dharma, helping to poor people, etc... 
Earth Based gods and goddesses are attracted to - sweet odours such as water flowers, sandalwood, jasmine, pichcha, some oils, fruits or clean places such as clean ponds, rivers, big trees, nice gardens, stupa and temples. If you keep such odours, trees or flowers inside your home, rooms or garden then gods will have a likeness to your home. 
Also keeping a Buddha worshiping place such as altar
(neat room or tall table with Buddha statue, leaf of the Bodi tree & small stupa, where you can offer flowers, incense sticks & oil lamp to Lord Buddha) in your home is another way to get the attractions of gods. If all family members worship to Buddha in this place, then all of them will be attracted by kindly gods. After you get a sign from your ishta devatha or other gods attracted to you, it is not good to wear or use Amulets (Yantras) or use sound science (Mantras) to cure your problems. Then gods think you have neglected their power, so they remove their attraction from you or your family. Instead of Mantras, you can use Buddhist poems or Parittas (Gods especially like to hear Karaniya Metta sutta & Maha Mangala Sutta as we got direct message from Gana God). It is good if you talk about these matters with your family Astrologer. If you reduce your merit works then gods also reduce their attraction by the same amount from you & your family. The Dhammapada said that a person who does not get angry, who speaks the truth & who gives donations becomes closer to gods!
  
Buddhist Gods & Goddesses Jump to Top!
Buddhist people don't take refuge in gods but only ask for their help. Many Buddhist gods can be attracted to you by mind requesting. If they take your request into consideration, they will show it by a dream or some sign. These dreams can be seen by you or a family member who has the best precepts. You then need to transfer merits for that god by doing big merit work yourself. Lord Buddha said the practicing of - devotion to the triple gem, observing the five precepts, dharma learning, donations & developing wisdom helps us to be born in our desired heaven. Among these six heavens,
Tusita heaven is a special heaven where only real Buddhist gods, Buddhist goddesses and Bodhisattva gods  exist. Heavens including Yamaya and above are locations for gods & goddesses who do not act with conflict, anger or jealousy. Refer This Page : Buddhist Meditations
     
Here are brief descriptions about the six heavens :
     
 

Name Of Heaven Heaven Of Name of Main God Life Time in Human Years
     Caturr Maha Rajika      Four Regions

     Satarawaram Gods 

9 million
     Tawatimsa       Thirty-three Kingdoms      Sakkra Devandra 36 million 
     Yamaya      Fresh minded gods      Suyama 144 million 
     Tusita      Gods stay in Happy      Santusita 576 million
     Nimmana Rati      Gods do creations      Sunimmita 2304 million
     Paranimmita Vasawatti       Gods have all Lust      Vasawatti  9216 million

There also exists the 20 great heavens called Brahma Loka, where beings can have a life time of up to more than 9216 million years. To be born in Brahma Loka we need to achieve contemplation or jhana or smadhi in deep meditation. Lord Buddha said if someone practices Metta Meditation in the correct way, he will surely be born in Brahma Loka as similar to waking up from sleep.
  
Here are given names for the 20 Brahma Loka Realms:
     

Servants of Brahma (brahma parisajja deva), Ministers of Brahma (brahma purohita deva), Great Brahmas (maha brahma), Brahmas of Small Radiance (parittabha deva), Brahmas of Infinitive Radiance (appamanabha deva), Brahmas of Streaming Radiance (abhassara deva), Brahmas of Small Glory (parittasubha deva), Brahmas of Infinitive Glory (appamanasubha deva), Brahmas of Refulgent Glory (subhakinna deva), Brahmas of Very Fruitful (vehapphala deva), 
Brahmas of not Falling Away (aviha deva), Untroubled Brahmas (atappa deva), Beautiful Brahmas (sudassa deva), Clear-sighted Brahmas (sudassi deva), Brahmas of Non-junior (akanittha deva), Infinite Space (akasana˝cayatanupaga deva), Infinite Consciousness (vi˝˝ana˝cayatanupaga deva), Unconscious beings (asa˝˝asatta), Nothingness (aki˝ca˝˝ayatanupaga deva), Neither-perception-nor-non-perception (nevasa˝˝anasa˝˝ayatanupaga deva).

Satarawaram gods : Four main gods rule in four directions of the world & four inhuman types from Heaven of four region or Caturr Maha Rajika. These four gods also called as Satarawaram gods stay under ruling of god Sakra Devandra. These four gods separate some devil leaders to protect virtuous Buddhist people. Dutarathta (East) rules Gandrawa, Virullha (South) rules Ghosts, Virupakka (West) rules Naga & Kuwera (North) rules Devils.
   
Below we discuss some other Buddhist gods who are detailed in the Sutra Pitakaya. 

  • Brahma Gods : Brahma Sahampathi god who lives in Brahma Loka was enlightened into Anagami state during Kasapa Lord Buddha's time and helped our Gautama Buddha. People who do meditation can get attraction of this god. Also this god is good to ask help for education. Another Brahma god is Sanath Kumara who lives in Brahma Loka, helped during our Buddha's Bodhisattva times. He is the main Dharma talker or adviser in the six heavens. Tissa Brahma is another god who helps us to understand Buddhist sutras and advanced Buddhist teachings. He became Anagami state from our Lord Buddha's time as he stayed as an educated monk in his past life . Gatikara Brahma is an Anagami god who was a close friend of our Buddha's bodhisattva time. He also helps to Buddhist people.
       
  • Pure Land Gods : Suddhavaso devas are gods who attain Anagami (non-returning to lust worlds) and Arahant states who give help to Buddhist people. They are real gods who take care of the Dharma and honest Buddhist people. These gods have a huge number of lifetimes and higher powers compared with other gods. It is mainly these gods who help Buddhist people to work hard in attaining path and fruition of Buddhism towards Nibbana. These gods finished their spiritual path into the final level and always look at the human world to support noble followers and seers. There are five pure land Brahma Lokas called as - Aviha deva, Atappa deva, Sudassa deva, Sudassi deva and Akanittha deva.
        
  • Sakkra Devandra : Main god of both Tawatimsa & Caturmaha-Rajika heavens. Sometimes he looks at the human world & helps to virtuous Buddhist people. This god attained soovan state (stream-enterer), so he sometimes comes as a poor beggar to check our precepts. This god takes decisions related to human world more than other gods.
       
  • Kuwera or Vissawana : Leader of the Yakka group among Satarawaram gods, sometimes helps to poor people who follow with Buddhism. He gives permission to his servants (devils) or low power gods to say future prediction at Devalas. This action is called as giving -waram. In our kings time, people keep Bara to get wealth and money with the help of Kuwara god. He is said to be a good talker but also a cruel god. People who do businesses can ask help from this god to develop wealth & success in their firms.
      
  • Datharaththa : Leader of the Gandrauwa group among Satarawaram gods, who likes both the art and music field. So Buddhist people who do art works or esp. music can ask help from this god.
      
  • Indra Deva : All sons of Satarawaram gods are called Indra gods. They take care of other gods & goddesses. In Atanatiya Sutta, there are details of these gods. You can ask help from these gods too. These gods especially help to virtuous Buddhist people when troubles occur related to inhuman attractions.
      
  • Visaka Goddess : Visaka is said to have attained soovan state (stream-enterer) at the age of seven and helped our Lord Buddha. Also she helps to poor people. Now she lives as a powerful goddess in Nimmana Rathi heaven. Therefore Buddhist females who practice Dharma can ask help or attraction from this goddess.
      
  • Matru Divya Raja : Our Lord Buddha's real mother was called Mahamaya Davi reborn as a male god in Tusita heaven. This god helps all Buddhist people and especially female Buddhists.
      
  • Matali God : Official driver & close friend of Sakkra Devendra god. People who do work related to traveling can ask help from this god. Sometimes this god informs to other gods about good people in the human world.
      
  • Panchasika : Official musician of heaven Tawatimsa. Buddhist people who are doing works related to music can get attraction of this god. In his past life, he was a poor young boy who helped develop his village with his body power. He also played the Vina and flute, so his merit resulted his rebirth as a god in Caturmaha-Rajika heaven.
       
  • Janasabha or Janawasabha : A whole sutra in the Sutra Pitakaya is related to this god whose past life was one of a soovan or stream-entered king called as Bimbisara, killed by his own son. He lives under Kuwera god, sutra said he works as messenger for Satarawaram Gods. He was mentioned as one of the devil leaders in Atanatiya sutra who helps Buddhist people to cure devil & ghost problems.
      
  • Anatapindika Deva Putra : Lord Buddha's main laic care, bank owner called Anatapindika is another soovan god,  (stream-enterer) who lives in Tusita heaven. He will give help to any Buddhist person for their life problems.
       
  • Viswakarma  God : In Tawatimsa heaven exists a god called as Viswakarma who has the ability for engineering works, sometimes help to engineers in the human world for their creations. People who do technology, can get help from this god. Also this god helps to poor and honest people by creating properties.

Council Of Gods & Goddesses Jump to Top!
With the exception of some gods, all other famous gods & goddesses belong to Bumatu Deva or Yakka or Nagha sector under the Satarawaram Gods. Even in heavens which have a lot of gods, only some powerful gods take care of the human world. They are called as the Council of Gods (Deva Mandalaya). These gods can be named as guardian gods, because every 20 years by 20 years they take care of the human world. Some of them live in sub heavens which are located between earth surface and the main six heavens. The birth of gods in heavenly realms are a result of their meritorious deeds performed in their human life. There is a wide truth that gods do really exist and can influence our life. When Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka three times & Arahant monk Mihidu Thero came to Sri Lanka, consequently a lot of gods & goddesses in Sri Lanka became soovan (stream-enterer) & higher states. Therefore we can conclude all areas in our country have those powerful gods who take care of Buddhist people around their regions.
       
We want to say any of following discussions on gods or goddesses are not fictitious and that they really do exist. Because many gods stories come from myths, we conducted real life investigations about gods with people who have the power to talk with gods via light reading (anjanam) or mind power, personal experiences & monks who do meditation. We found this information related to the gods below. Also here we want to give our thanks to all spiritual professionals & Buddhist Theros who helped us during our research with deities and also wish them to success in their spiritual life!

  • Maitreya Bodhisattva God : This virtuous god lives in Tusita heaven and will become the next Lord Buddha. He is the most powerful god in heaven and possesses ultimate merit powers. He uses most of his time for meditation and observing strict precepts. Sometimes he comes to the human world and helps good people no matter what religion they follow. If you mentally request, this god can read your thoughts and can surely help you. This god likes offerings such as white flowers and fruits with milk rice.
       
  • Sri Natha God : Natha god is another bodhisattva god who now lives in Tusita heaven. However he will not become Lord Buddha at a very close time, but helps to Buddhist people. His main devala is in Kandy, Temple of the Tooth. Therefore people identify him as Senkadagala God. Also his final human life, he stayed near Kandy city. Good for asking help related to family development. For Natha bodhisattva god, you must do deva puja with using three white lotus flowers. (Picture of Sri Natha God)
        
  • Kataragama God : Sri Lankan people give special attention to this god more than other gods. Kataragama god stays in the Sellakataragama area in Sri Lanka and is also protecting the temple of Kiriwahera and related Bodhi tree. Main devala is in Kataragama. Since our kingĺs ages, people get help from this god to gain unique educational skills, bring back lost properties, increase mind power, develop courage to face enemies, lottery winnings, get new properties, develop personality & all areas in our life. A lot of people saw this god as wearing brown color clothing like a seer & practice meditation in forest areas in Kataragama.
    Kataragama god is also called Skanda Kumara God who was a person who came to Sri Lanka from India. He helped Sinhala people from his mind power by donating his time & hard working. These merits help him to become a powerful god. He is jokey, somewhat libidinous god, but also gives big punishments to people who don't remove onus at the right time. But this god always likes to help people without considering their nationality, religion or caste. This god has two wives named Tavani Amma & Walli Amma. Kataragama god likes fruit pujas more than other puja types. Red color small flowers & yellow color flowers are suitable for this god.
       
  • Upulwan God : (or Vishnu) This god is the main god protecting Buddhism in Sri Lanka and is another bodhisattva god. Upulwan means god with blue color complexion & clothing. Main devala is located at Devinuwara town near the southern region in Sri Lanka. From research done with light reading, we found that Vishnu god uses his time for meditation & observing precepts and therefore does not waste his time looking at every devala worldwide. He sends his minister gods to look at worldwide devalas. When someone asks help from Vishnu god, he appoints his messenger gods to help him. It is good you do deva puja for god Vishnu with using small white flowers, purple lotus & blue flowers. His main duty is giving protection to good people (also for gods) from bad people, enemies & other evil powers. He also has a wife & Vishnu god is one who knows about love very well. In his past life, he stayed as a rich salesman then became a Buddhist monk when our Gautama Buddha preached the dharma. After that, again he was born in India as King Krishna. Then because of his great merits forces, he became the main god in his heaven.
      
  • Sumana Saman God : This god is worthy among all other gods. It is because this god was the first Sri Lankan god who attained stream entry state. His power is mainly located in Samanala or Sri Padha Mountain in Sri Lanka. God Saman's duty is to protect Buddha's relic foot mark located at the top of the mountain, to protect people who come to worship Buddha's relics & temple on the mountain. This god doesnĺt go to every devala island wide such as other gods, so we only can get blessings from this god at the Samanala rock area. You can do deva puja for this god by using white lotus flowers. Saman god comes & helps people looking like a normal village person in his area, a lot of time as a very old person wearing white colored clothing. Main devala is located in Sabaragamuwa area. Sumana was his name during his human life time while Saman is said because he protects the Samanala rock. (Picture of Sumana Saman God)
       
  • Dadimunda God : This god is the governor of all hungry ghosts & devils in Sri Lanka. Consider his trendy is emitted all over Sri Lanka. He is one minister of Sri Vishnu god, army leader of Kataragama god & grandson of Kuwara god. His father was Purnaka the devil leader and mother was Erandathi the naga queen. Main devala is located in Aluth Nuwara area near to Mawanella town. Dadimunda means god of steady minded and bearded face. This god asked dharma from our Gautama Buddha & took words to protect Buddhist people. Even if we consider Dadimuda as a god, but actually he is a devil leader. He is a Buddhist & observes higher precepts, hence he can be treated as a god. People can ask help from this god for problems related to hungry ghosts, devils, evil powers, sicknesses, spell bindings & curses of negative people. From our research we found that this god can give herbal medicine, because he has vast knowledge about herbal medicine, astrology & mantra sciences. Dadimunda god likes lighted oil lamps, fruits, flowers & sweet meals as his deva puja. (Picture of Dadimunda God)
      
  • Siddha Suniyam God : Suniyam god is the protector of all villages & houses in Sri Lanka, traveling village to village at midnight wearing white clothing. This god's traveling can be known from sudden jasmine smell & sometimes dogs barking at the same time. He gives punishments to bad people while helping to good people. This god stays in two states as a god and a cruel devil. Suniyam god is a very cruel god when he is giving punishments to bad people. In his human life, he was a person who protected the law in society during Skanda Kumara's human life. Before that in another life time, he was a prince who helped to poor people. Siddha Suniyam means this god needs to be invited when using mantra science & related works; He gives permission to activate mantras. Suniyam god stays under ruling of Kataragama god & Iswara God. It is true that he has a white horse & wife too. This god's main devalaya is located at Kuliyapitiya, Kabalawa village in the North-West province of Sri Lanka.
      
       
  • Gana God : Gana or Ganesha god was the brother of Sakanda Kumara during their human life & had wise brain power. He helped Sakanda Kumara & other people to take the right decisions in their life. Ganesha also came to Sri Lanka from India. Stayed on Wadihitikanda mountain in south of Sri Lanka. Because of his merit works, he also became reborn as a god. Ganesha especially helps to lovers to find success in their love life from negative people. He is jokey god who doesnĺt punish humans. Ganesha god helps people who are doing their higher education, astrology, mantra works & yantra preparing. Gana god likes yellow flowers & light lamps from sesame oils. Ganesha god has many nick names such as Ayyanayaka, Pulleyar, Ganapathi, etc...
      
  • Iswara God : People can get help to solve their money problems, job problems & success in household properties from Iswara god. Iswara god is also called Shiva God in heaven. In his past life, he was the father of Sakanda Kumara (also gana god & lakshmi goddess) and had mind power which gave help to poor people. Iswara reborn as a god because of his virtues of helping to old women, pregnant women and mothers as if they were his own mother. Iswara god helps people who do yoga, energy healing, light reading, mantra & yantra sciences. Iswara god likes white pichcha or jasmine flowers as his deva puja. Iswara god has a goddess as wife and she is named Uma goddess in heaven. Iswara God likes to play flute, so he helps to musicians as well.
       
  • Maheswara God : This god was the cousin brother of Iswara in his human life and also practiced kundalani yoga & meditation. Maheswara became reborn as a god because of his merits on helping poor people and donating a cup of bee honey to Kasapa Lord Buddha. Maheswara god takes care of the human world & helps to good people while punishing bad people. If you stay with Buddhist precepts & become vegetarian, Maheswara god will surely help you to get success in your life. From our research, we found Maheswara god has more power than Iswara god. Maheswara God helps to real yogis who do kundalani meditation in deep forests.
      
  • Wibisana God : He was the brother of King Rawana, but was also more virtuous than him. (Rawana-Rama story is half correct as we had researched, but not all the facts are true as told in myths). Rawana is a powerful king in Sri Lanka who knew mantra science very well. As we researched, Rawana had an aero vehicle called "Dadumonara" which can be controlled by the power of sounds (i.e. mantras). As prince, due to his virtuous merit works Wibisana was treated as a god by people and he became reborn as a powerful god who now helps us. Wibisana god's ruling area and his main devala is in Kelaniya Temple which is near Colombo. (Picture of Wibisana God)
      
  • Rawana God : As King Rawana did service to mankind as a herbal physician which was written in many books in medicine and found out about many technologies for mankind, he was born as a powerful god in heaven. He helps herbal medicine physicians and people who are involved in new technology.
     
  • Pattini Goddess : Pattini goddess is another Buddhist goddess who hopes to be born male as a Bodhisattva in her future life time. She helps people by the truth of her power of chastity. Main devala is in Nawagamuwa. It is true that the female devil Kali Amma is a helper of Pattini goddess. This goddess likes to earn merit from Kiriamma Dana which is a tradition in Sri Lanka. People began to boil milk when starting new auspicious task to also get attractions from Pattini goddess. But this milk must not from animal's milk and only made from coconut or soya. She helps to cure sicknesses and mainly protect new born babies from all evils and sicknesses. Pattini goddess has seven middle power goddesses who are treating her as their daughter.
        
      
  • Lakshmi Goddess : She stays under the ruling of Kataragama god, but really she helps people with matters of businesses, money, lottery winnings, gems & properties. In her past life she helped poor people by giving money & free education for students when Skanda Kumara ruled in the Kataragama area. That merit helped her to become a goddess. But she can't give money to you, she can only remove your obstacles in order to make you work hard to earn money. In those cases she asks permission from Kataragama god before helping you. It is best if you can offer jasmine or any lotus flowers to this goddess and offer fruit pujas including Beli Fruit, Canistel (Laulu) and Pomegranate (Delum). Ghee & Sandalwood oils are suitable in lighting lamps for Laskmi Goddess. She likes that her devotees do metta meditation, stay with loving kindness & positive thinking.
      
  • Saraswathi Goddess : Goddess who stays under ruling of God Ganesha. She happens to help people in matters of music, dancing, art & general education. But she can't force you to learn or give answers in exams. She can only remove your obstacles in your education. She can help you to strengthen your mind via her mind power. It is highly advisable to students with problems in education to do Saraswathi Puja at a real devala. (Actually Lakshmi and Saraswathi are the same goddess but stay in two different states, when she gives help to people.)
     
  • Devol God : In Kassapa Lord Buddha's time one merchant donated fire heaters to the temple of Lord Buddha where the Sangha stayed during the winter season. Those merits helped him to became a powerful god and look at Sri Lanka. Firstly he became a forest based god in India then again he was reborn in Sri Lanka as mountain based god. Mainly he gives help to cure sicknesses, protecting people from spells, helping herbal medicine doctors and also to mantra related activities. He also looks after and gives punishments to false priests and to untruthful people practicing astrology, mantra yantra works and herbal medicine. 
       
  • Kali Amma Goddess : Actually she is a female devil leader. In the past she stayed as a rude devil eating human meats, but according to advices from Lord Buddha & Pattini Goddess, now she became good inhuman who respects the five precepts. She is a main helper of Pattini Goddess. Because she is of goodness now, in heaven she is named as Bhadhra Kali. She is one goddess who can be attracted very soon. Sometimes she helps for the success of mantra works too. Best way to treat her is, give Kiriamma Dana, and then transfer merit to her as well as Pattini Goddess. Because now this goddess observes five precepts, she doesn't like the killing of animals to get her attraction.
       
  • Walli Amma Goddess : One wife of Skanda Kumara God. Some people get help from her and ask future predictions from this goddess in some Devalas or herbal medicine centers. This goddess helps to remove problems of ghosts or devils and cure sickness with heavenly medicine.
        
  • Kadawara God : Lives under the ruling of Kataragama God. Kadawara is a cruel devil leader & has many states such as protection, punishing people when we neglect to remove Bara of Kataragama god, take spell bindings, etc. He is considered as a real devil, who does not care about Buddhism when he trouble to people. People want to give him oblation or Pideni, not deva puja. Pideni must include red or dark colored big flowers, meat, fish, oiled eggs, rice, curries, oiled meals, etc. But we don't recommend to keep lamps or Pideni for him inside homes, gardens or your lands because he punishes in a cruel way even for little mistakes.
         
  • Bandara Devathavo : Village leaders, herbal medical doctors, astrologers & teachers who did merit in their human life are considered to be reborn as gods called Bandara Devatha. These bandara devatha can be seen as wearing white colored long clothing with matted hair. There are a lot of Bandara Devatha in every village in Sri Lanka. i.e. Kande Bandara, Sapumal Bandara, Pichchamal Bandara, etc...
      
  • Gambara Devathavo : Gambara Devathas are chief of bandara devathas who take care of each and every village or town in Sri Lanka. So many villages have gambara devathas, who tell about their villages & people to Gambara Siddha Suniyam god. Also gambara devathas takes care of the Kataragama devalas in their villages and towns.
       
  • Graha Devathavo : As planet earth, other all planets also have gods & goddesses. Among those gods each planet have a main god. As example Saturn has the most powerful gods & goddesses, those gods are ruling by most powerful one main god. He is called Senasuru Grahaya or main god of Saturn. Rahu & Katu are not planets hence those gods are only two powerful asura gods. These gods can influence us with our negative or positive karmic forces. Hence these nine gods give punishments or help us during each of our dasa periods. As example in Buda main dasa & Shani sub dasa period, we get the attraction of gods in Mercury & Saturn planets. These nine main gods are staying under the ruling of Sri Vishnu God. When we keep pujas for gods with regards to problems for a particular planet, it can reduce such problems. But they can't remove such karmic effects from us completely. A famous Sri Lankan ancient astrologer called Kotmale Ganitaya had seen Sikuru Grahaya and received gold ornaments and golden-leaf astrology books as folklores. These gold ornaments were donated to the Temple of Tooth Relic.
Devala and Deva Puja Jump to Top!
Most of the main gods & goddesses have ministers (who are middle power gods), while under those ministers there are a lot of low power gods who specialize in giving help in certain areas. As well as low power gods, all main gods have groups of devils or powerful hungry ghosts who are used to give punishments to people who do bad things. This is because it is god's duty to keep good in the world & reduce the bad. Devala/Devale or Deity Shrines (or Fane) is a place where low power gods such as Bumathu Devas, devils or ghosts reside.
These low power gods tell about us to their ministers. Quite often these low power gods give help for our success & onus by asking help from their minister gods. As an example, Kataragama god's minister god separates a lot of low power gods to all Kataragama Devala's in Sri Lanka & worldwide. 
  
People offer fruit's & flowers to gods. This is done because some gods absorb such meals by taking in the smell, colors & lights. In the Sutra Pitakaya, there are a collected group of sutras called Gandabbakaika Sanyuttaya, which discuss about these kind of gods by Lord Buddha. To correctly undertake a god's blessing ceremony or Deva Puja (offering to gods), firstly we need to clean four trays and take new oil lamps (about one to seven). Then you need to make those four trays as per below :
  • First tray must be kept with herbal leaves spread, seven fruits with a small stick of sugar cane, king coconut fruit & seven sweet meals. For herbal leaves, you can use betel leaves. Fruits must not be cut, eaten by insects or animals, dirty and too young or ripe. Sweet meals must be made in-house and must not be eaten before offering deva puja.
  • Normally we use a small stick of sugar cane, pineapple, bananas & mangoes as essential fruits for a deva puja.
  • Second tray must be kept with herbal leaves spread, seven varieties of flowers and lighted incense sticks. Flowers which are offered to gods must not be big and of dark red color. But for water flowers, we can use a red lotus. All gods love to Jasmine Flowers.
  • Third tray must be kept with seven herbal leaves spread, seven coins & lighted seven camphor coins on shaded coconut fruit. Here coins are used only to represent money, you do not need to keep big money. After this puja, you can donate these coins to a Buddhist temple.
  • Lighted seven oil lamps in the fourth tray, normally oils must be extracted from sandalwood, king coconuts or coconuts. Oil for deity lamps must not be from animal oils. 
  • We used number seven for represents seven virtues of deities such as: devotion to the triple gem, observing the five precepts, fear to doing sins, shyness for doing sins, dharma learning, donations & developing wisdom.

People who can't offer such a big puja can prepare a small puja with a steel tray with spread betel leaves, five fruits, three sweet meals, white flowers, lighted incense sticks and lighted camphor coins on shaded coconut fruit. 
  
It is appropriate to use a steel, brass or golden tray. This tray must only be used for keeping puja for gods. You need to consult a good astrologer for doing the correct deva puja, It needs to be prepared in a certain way, according to your problem and also different gods like different type of leaves, odors, flowers, fruits, oils, meals & smells. After keeping these trays into altar or Devala, we can request their attractions. Gods have a likeness for neat & clean environments, hence we need to choose a clean place to perform deva puja. Every devala has a priest who helps to do deva puja. He is a practicing vegetarian and knows well about the god in his devala. You can consult a priest at a devala to undertake this deva puja. But you also can keep such puja in a devala or near the Bodhi tree by yourself and then request to take your puja. As you can understand this puja is not eaten by gods but they only use it's smells, colors or light & only to bring happiness to their minds. One hour after the puja, you & your family members can eat the fruits & sweet meals or give it to another family, otherwise feed it to birds. Often, these items have the blessings of gods which can make your mind & body healthy .
 
Keeping Of Bara Jump to Top!
Some people keep an agreement or onus with gods which called Bara. This is done by tying a coin with a twisted white new cloth at a devala or near a tree. This coin is called Padura. This coin must washed from a mix of lime juice & turmeric & the cloth must be white & recently purchased. It is advised to all people to remove Bara by as you promised once god has helped to you. Otherwise some gods do carry out severe punishments to us, until we remove Bara. These punishments undertaken are called Deva Dosha. You do not need to keep an agreement with gods for things which you can't do, gods only expect a little puja such as fruit, flowers, oil lamp, candle light, etc as a mark of respect. If you reside in another country, you can do the same deva puja in a Hindu temple or devala in those countries. But it is not advisable to do deva puja in the garden or outside of homes because some ghosts and devils hunt those smells. They can create new problems for you. You can arrange a deva puja just below the Buddha worshiping place or puja room. In that case use the following steps below:

  • Take a photo of your preferred god and keep it little below the Lord Buddha statue, on a table with white cloth. 
  • Firstly keep flowers, light an oil lamp & light incense sticks to triple gem in Buddha worshiping place. 
  • Worship Lord Buddha by saying verses or your own prayer. 
  • Then chant parittas of Karaniyametta sutra, Ratana sutra and Maha Mangala sutra.
  • Then observe the five precepts.
  • Then remember your most recent performed merit activities for a small period of time.
  • Then light another oil lamp for god in front of god's photo. Oils must be from coconut oil or non-animal oil.
  • Offer lighting oil lamp and then transfer merits what you recalled to god such as "I did these good deeds, so my dear god (or name of the god), now I give the same meritorious energies to you as well...".
  • Then ask help from gods by keeping bara via mental requesting.
  • After that day, you no need to light lamp for god every day. 
  • Gods will show you some omen (sometimes in a dream) related to your request within 14 days. 
  • You can go to a light reading place to confirm that god has accepted your request

Can god's can tell about our future? (Soothsaying) Jump to Top!
Many gods can speak about our future from their mind power. However, hungry ghosts & devils can mislead us at a devala by saying the truth about our past but saying incorrect information about future. Ghosts & devils cannot speak about our future as accurately as gods. Therefore you must be careful when you go to ask future predictions from some devalas. It is good to determine firstly about that devala's residing god or ghost by talking with main priests. Gods don't like to waste money, but ghosts do try to collect money from people who come to the devala. They then give that money to priests, because they have a past life relationship with those priests. But gods don't like mislead people in that way.
   
In Sinhala, these types of future predictions or prophesies are called as Sattara. Gods, devils, naga's and ghosts can read our mind by entering into our mind images. A lot of the time they can read our past lives through our mind. It is ESP power which they possess. They then determine what kind of things happen in our future through our karmic forces. Often naga, ghosts & devils hunt our body to read our mind. This is known as trance or Awasha. In a trance state, the person vibrates his body along with his head & answers the clients problems. But some powerful devils, naga & gods don't like to hunt the human body, instead they link with our mind or nervous system via telepathy & their divine-eye. This is because gods view the human body as dirty or unclean. In this case, the priest doesn't enter into a trance or awasha, instead he can know receive messages by gods via some objects such as a oil lamp, leaves, white paper, water cup, etc. Sometimes priests give Herbal Medicines via asking from gods, in that case before taking such medicines, it is important to check with an experienced Ayurvadic Doctor whether those medicines are valid according to traditional Ayurvadha. So here are simple methods to identify if a devala has gods or other type of inhumans:

  • Ask the name of the gods or goddesses when he gets into trance or awasha, often gods will say their names, details of heavens, what merits they did to become god, etc. But other inhumans get angry when we ask about their details. (Those inhumans say asking those details will help to get punishment from gods.)
  • Gods or goddesses don't like trance or to hunt the human body.
  • Gods & goddesses are kind but other inhumans try to instill fear in us.
  • Devala which have inhumans (not gods),  try to take money from customers, by make fearing us such as telling we have big spell bindings, going to die, becomes sick, etc...
  • Devala must be nice & clean for get attraction of any kind of gods.

Get helps from gods & goddesses Jump to Top!
According to our problems, deities have the ability to help ease our pains or they help us to achieve our life goals like as detailed below. However deities do not have a responsibility to help us. If they have a desire to, they will help us. If we have big negative karmic debts to pay, then they will stay silent. Gods can't be misled by giving pujas or by visiting shrines, cause they know every thing about us. Before we get help from these gods, you must know that whether you have an Ishta Devatha for you or an attraction of a particular god or goddess. If you have, then that ishta devatha can act as an representative and ask help from these main gods on behalf of you. Therefore you should consult your family astrologer to know which particular god is good for your problems. However if you trust the power of a particular god, you can request help from that god via your own mind. 
 
Ishta Devathas are our past life relations & friends (spiritual colleagues), soul contractors with us from non-physical realms before coming into this lifetime (tutelary deities / guardian angels) or past life teachers (spiritual guides) who were reincarnated as gods due to their past life merits. Some deities become friendly with us after seeing our good deeds in our current life. You can consult a light reader or clairvoyant to know about your ishta devathas. Normally a virtuous person has istha devathas between 4 to 100. Often people receive special help from these deities. Some istha devathas work on specific tasks and for a fixed time period with us while other deities help us throughout our life.
  
Many visitors ask from us about Sharing Merits to Deities. Visitors from both sides of the globe are not familiar with giving meritorious energies to deities. So here are the steps for sharing merits: Firstly recall some meritorious and sacred activities which you performed recently
(such as helping poor people, donating alms, mediation etc.), then then focus your mind on it for about 3 minutes. When recalling such meritorious and sacred activities, our mind attains a happy and soft feeling, so we can transfer these positive mental energies to deities. In Buddhist Teachings there exists a type of meditation called the Meditation of Donations, which you can practice for about 20 minutes. Recall deities which you respect via their name and picture and then think as the following - "my dear gods/goddesses, please share/take these meritorious energies, which I have collected from these good deeds". Wish that these meritorious energies may help to increase their lifespan, complexion, comfort, power and wisdom. Also wish that they may attain the path and fruition of Buddhism as they hope and that the given meritorious energies may help them. Normally a good method is keeping separate book for writing down merit activities, then during a free moment read it page by page and then give merits as per the above system. This system was used by Sri Lankan King Dutu Gamunu who now resides in Tusita Heaven. These meritorious energies help to increase lifespan, complexion, comfort, power and wisdom of deities including our istha devathas. Hence they are able to help us in a more powerful way for our life.
(Also you can refer our Sinhala Article)

 
Here we give some tips to get help from gods :

  • Gods can receive your transferred merits & then help or give you blessings. But often gods don't need our merits for their living. Also, a lot of gods especially those in upper heavens can do their own merits activities such as doing meditations, asking Dharma, observing precepts, giving help to poor humans, etc...
  • Gods can give small punishments to people who stay with good precepts, but tend to go on a bad path. Also some gods give big punishments when we neglect to remove bara. But gods don't punish to people who blame, neglect or refuse the existence of gods, but they also don't help such people.
  • On every full moon day & weekly poya days, gods observe higher precepts. Therefore it is not good to ask help from them on full moon days or visit devalas on such days. The God's council normally gather at a time between 10pm to 4am every night, so this is a suitable time ask help from your most liked or respected god or goddess.
  • Not all gods can give help with regards to your request. Each god has their own subject & limitations. This subject or skills have been achieved by their merits of their past human life. Some god have many skills. Also we need merits to get help from such gods, meaning they can't help us when we are facing big negative karma.
  • Gods can see every thing at once and they can also go anywhere as soon as they feel the need. But gods & goddesses are not all mighty or powerful as we have heard. God's precepts & wisdom are different with other gods because they achieved such powers from their past life merits. Sometimes gods are also facing negative karma, when they go through such periods they become somewhat powerless.
  • The appearance of gods are not the same as what you see on images at temples, shrines or shops. Even the names are the same, but gods past life stories are different from folk & myths stories. When we researched, we had seen that a lot of deities wear simple but charming cloths & very small amount of gold ornaments.
  • When you wish to get help from gods & goddesses, Always remember god's attraction formula : 
    " Merits + Precepts + Tidiness + Sweet Odours + Chanting Dhamma (Parittas) "
  • When you give merits to gods, always wish to increase their : lifetime, complexion, luxury, power and wisdom. Specially bodhisattva gods have a likeness to receive wishes to increase their wisdom.
     
Recommended Books for your Reading:
Discovery of Gods Unseen | Life After Death | Ask and It Is Given |
Messages from the Masters
Mr. Somapala Dematapitiya's Ditimi Adisi Deviyan - I & II | Mr. Vipula Ranaweera's Deva Shapaya I & II
 
* If you have real life experiences about gods & goddesses in Sri Lanka, please send us your experiences. We can publish them in this page or use those details for our research which will be helpful for all of us. 
For that case, you or someone you know must have ability to talk with gods via mind power, light reading, meditation, etc. You can join our Face Book group : Buddhist Deities
  

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