Sri Lankan Gods & Goddesses

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People have doubts about existence of gods since long times, so lot of times we heard god's stories from folktales or fictitious details in our literally books. Hence we did research about gods by talking with people who have mind power whose can talk with gods, people who link with gods via mantra science & light reading. Then we summarized those details and compare with Theravada Sutra Pitakaya, after that here we are going to reveal some important details about gods & goddesses for benefits for all of you. So we want to give our big thanks for all spiritual professionals & Buddhist Theros who help us for our research about deities, also wish them to success their spiritual life!
If you have 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 in this page or use those details for our research which will help to all of us. Also if you think some details are wanted to correct, then please send us such comments too. For that task, you or someone you know must have direct ability to talk with gods via mind power, mantra science, hypnotism, light reading, etc...

Who are Gods & Goddesses

Gods and goddesses are powerful energy beings who did big merits on donations, precepts and meditations in their past life times. Gods don't like come near to human world or humans. So only they look at us and use mind waves for help us. Lot of times gods thoughts are powerful which means they can create some physical things from their mind. Gods look at people who do merits and use their mind power to help those people's life, which means make easy their works. This is called as Devatha Dushti which means Attraction of Gods. We can get their attraction from mainly by giving merit to them. In Sri Lanka gods & goddesses called as Deviyo. Some low power gods & newly born gods are called as Devatha or Deva Putta. Except gods, their have another energy beings such as : 
Naga - They are powerful inhuman mostly live in ocean, but like to do merit, same power have like gods. When they want to be physically appear, they seen as serpent. Some of them have big body & powerful mind power.
Devils - Yakka - Beings who are cruel and ugly than gods, mostly not respect to five precepts. Some have fearful face and body color like dark black. They like eat meat, fish, eggs & oiled meals.
Hungry ghosts - Praytha - Beings who were did sins in their past life, now stay without foods, cloths, body and house. Lot of times these inhumans trouble us with spell bindings & hunting our homes or body.
Bahirawa - Same as ghosts but only located in certain areas & protect that area as their own. Bahirawa only trouble us, when we try to reside their area. In that time we want do Bahirawa puja for get their permission.
Asura - Inhuman beings that have same power as gods, but don't respect precepts or virtuous people. Sometimes they do jokes & do troubles to good people & sometime fight with gods too. They stay in ocean or near areas.
Mara - Inhuman beings that have great power for control all living beings include gods then attach them to lust, ill-will & ignorance. They trouble to good people in human world or gods and then help to bad people.
Any gods don't come or hunt into human body except hungry ghost, naga or devils. But some devils are observing five precepts, respect to Buddhism & practice Buddhist teachings.
Some gods live in heaven (Sadiuya Loko Devo) and some are live on human world or sky near to earth, they are called as Earth Based gods (Bumatu Devo). In Maha Samaya Sutta, Lord Buddha said there have gods in based on all other planets and stars (NakkhattÓni purakkhatvÓ...) such as our sun, moon, venus, mars, etc. Gods who are not belongs to lust world stay on Brahma worlds (Brahma Loko Devo) & gods who are in Anagami state (person who removed lust) stay on pureland heavens (Suddawasa Devo). Some low power gods who do entertain for higher gods from art, music and dances are called as Gandrauwa. Lot of time they live in some part of heaven of four regions.
Popular Buddhist teaching is "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 heavens".
How We Attract Gods & Goddesses? Jump to Top!
It is very difficult to get god's attraction within small time such as one day, sometimes two or more months want to wait for get attraction from particular god. However Buddhist people can get their attraction from mind request in every day after worshiping to triple gem. But some people can get their attraction very soon cause of past lives relationship with gods. But gods attraction formula is so simple, which is : 
  Merits + Precepts + Tidiness + Sweet Odors + Chanting Dhamma (Parittas)
Lord Buddha say it is wise transfer merits to gods by doing Buddhist merit activities such as : giving alms or medicine, cloths donations to sangha, help to making temples or rooms for meditative Buddhist monks, doing meditations, observe precepts, teaching dharma, learning dharma, helping to poor people, etc... 
Earth Based gods and goddesses are attracted to - sweet odors 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 odors, trees or flowers inside your home, rooms or garden so gods will like to your home. 
Also keeping Buddha worshiping place (neat room or tall table with Buddha statue, leave of Bodi tree & small stupa, where you can offer flowers, incense sticks & oil lamp to Lord Buddha.) in your home is another way to get attractions of gods. If all family members worship to Buddha in this place, then all of them will be attracted by kindly gods. 
Another thing is after you get sign from ishta devatha or other gods attracted to you, it is not good wear or use Amulets (Yantras) or use sound science (Mantras) for cure your problems. Then gods think you neglect their power, so they remove their attraction from you or your family. Instead of Mantras, you can use Buddhist poems or Parittas (Gods are esp. like to hear Karaniya Metta sutta & Maha Mangala Sutta). Good thing is you talk such things with your family Astrologer. If you reduce your merit works then gods also reduce their attraction as same amount from you & your family. Dhamapada said person who not get angry, who say true words & who give donations may close to gods!
Buddhist Gods & Goddesses Jump to Top!
Buddhist people don't refuge gods but they only ask help from gods. Lot of Buddhist gods can be attracted to you by mind requesting. If they take your requesting into consider, they will show it by dream or some sign. These dreams can be see by you or your family member who has best precepts. Then you need to transfer merit for that god by doing big merit work by yourself. Lord Buddha said practicing of - devotion to triple gem, observe five precepts, dharma learning, donations & develop wisdom help to born in own desired heavens. Among these six heavens,
Tusita heaven is special heaven where have only real Buddhist gods, Buddhist goddesses and Bodhisattva gods. Heavens since Yamaya are locations for gods & goddesses who don't like to conflicts, anger and green-eyed. 
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

Also their have 20 great heavens called as Brahma Loka, which have life time more than 9216 million years. To born in Brahma Loka we need to achieve contemplation or jhana or smadhi in deep meditation. Lord Buddha told, if someone do Metta Meditation in correct way, surely he borns in Brahma Loka as waking up from the sleeping.
Here had given names of those 20 Brahma Loka :

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 and stay under rules of god Shakra Devandra. These four gods separate some devil leaders for 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 Sutra Pitakaya. 

  • Brahma Gods : Brahma Sahampathi god who lives in Brahma Loka, enlightened into Anagami state in Kasapa Lord Buddha's time and helped to our Gautama Buddha. People who do meditation can get attraction of this god. Also this god good for ask help for education. Another Brahma god is Sanath Kumara who lives in Brahma Loka, help to our Buddha's Bodhisattva times. He is main Dharma talker or adviser in six heavens. Tissa Brahma is another god who helping us to understand Buddhist sutra and advanced Buddhist teachings. He became Anagami state from our Lord Buddha's time, because his past life he stayed as educated monk. Gatikara Brahma is Amagami god who was close friend of our Buddha's bodhisattva time. He also helps to Buddhist people.
  • Pure Land Gods : Suddhavaso deva are gods who attain Anagami (none returning to lust worlds) and Arahant states whose help to Buddhist people. They are real gods who take care Dharma and honest Buddhist people. These gods have huge number of lifetimes and many powers than any gods. Mainly these gods help to Buddhist people who work hard for attain path and fruition of Buddhism toward Nibbana. These gods finished their spiritual path into final level and always look at human world for support noble followers and seers. There have 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 looks at human world & helps to virtuous Buddhist people. This god was became soovan state (stream-enterer), so sometimes comes as poor beggar to check our precepts. This god takes decisions related to human world than other gods.
  • Kuwera or Vissawana : Leader of Yakka group among Satarawaram gods, sometimes helps to poor people who stay with Buddhism. He gives permission to his servants (devils) or low power gods to say future prediction in Devala. This action called as giving -waram. Our kings time, people keep Bara for get wealth and money form help of Kuwara god. Said to be good talker but also said cruel god. People who do businesses can ask help from this god for develop wealth & success in their firms.
  • Datharaththa : Leader of Gandrauwa group among Satarawaram gods, who likes to art and music. So Buddhist people who do art works or esp. music, they can ask help from this god.
  • Indra Deva : All sons of Satarawaram gods, are called as Indra gods. They take care other gods & goddesses. In Atanatiya Sutta there have details of these gods. You can ask help from these gods too. Esp. these gods help to virtuous Buddhist people when they occur troubles related to inhuman attractions.
  • Visaka Goddess : Visaka said to be got soovan (stream-enterer) in her age seven and helped to our Lord Buddha. Also she helps to poor people. Now she lives as powerful goddess in Nimmana Rathi heaven. Therefore Buddhist female people who practice Dharma can ask help or attraction from this goddess.
  • Matru Divya Raja : Our Lord Buddha's real mother called Mahamaya Davi, was rebirth as male god in Tusita heaven. This god helps every Buddhist people and esp. 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 human world.
  • Panchasika : Official musician of heaven Tawatimsa. Buddhist people who are doing works related to music can get attraction of this god. His past life he was poor young boy who help to develop his village from his body power. Also he played Vina and flute, so his merit overcame to be god in Caturmaha-Rajika heaven.
  • Janasabha or Janawasabha : Whole sutra has in Sutra Pitakaya related to this god whose past life was one of soovan or stream-entered king called as Bimbisara, who was killed by his own son. He is live under Kuwera god, sutra said he works as messenger for Satarawaram gods. He was mention as one of devil leader in Atanatiya sutra who helps to Buddhist people for cure devil & ghost problems.
  • Anatapindika Deva Putra : Lord Buddha's main laic care, bank owner called Anatapindika is another soovan god,  (stream-enterer) who live in Tusita heaven. He will help to any Buddhist person for life problems.
  • Viswakarma  God : In Tawatimsa heaven has god called as Viswakarma who has ability for engineering works, sometimes help to engineers in human world for their creations. People who do technology, can get help from this god. Also this god helps to poor but honest people by creating properties.

Council Of Gods & Goddesses Jump to Top!
Except some gods, other all famous gods & goddesses are belongs to Bumatu Deva or Yakka or Nagha sector under the Satarawaram Gods. Even heavens have lot of gods, only some powerful gods who take care human world. They are called as council of god (Deva Mandalaya). These gods are can call as guarding gods, because about 20 years by 20 years they care human world as each by each. Some of them live in sub heavens which are located between earth surface and main six heavens. Birth of all god's life, belongs to did merits in their human life. There have wide truth that these gods are live in our real life. When Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka three times & Arhat monk Mihidu Thero came to Sri Lanka, so 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 Buddhist people around their regions.
We want to say any of following discussing gods or goddesses are not fictitious, so they really live. Because lots of gods stories come from myths, we did real life investigations about gods via people who have power to talk with gods via light reading (anjanam) or mind power, personal experiences & monks who do meditation. We found this information related to below gods. Also here we want to give our thanks for all spiritual professionals & Buddhist Theros, who help us for our research with deities, also wish them to success their spiritual life!

  • Maitreya Bodhisattva God : This virtuous god lives in Tusita heaven who will become next Lord Buddha. He is most powerful god in heaven who has ultimate merit powers. Lot of time he uses his all time for meditation and observes strict precepts. Sometimes he comes to human world and helps to good people without care religions.
    If you mentally request, this god can read your thoughts then 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 now lives in Tusita heaven. However he will not become Lord Buddha at very close time, but helps to Buddhist people. Main devala is in Kandy temple tooth. Hence people called him as Senkadagala God. Good for ask helpings related to family development. For Natha bodhisattva god, you must do deva puja from three white lotus flowers. (Picture of Sri Natha God)
  • Kataragama God : Sri Lankan people give especial attention to this god than other gods. Kataragama god is staying in Sellakataragama area in Sri Lanka who is also protecting temple of Kiriwahera and related Bodhi tree. Main devala is in Kataragama. Since our kingĺs ages, people get help from this god for gain unique educational skills, bring back lost properties, increase mind power, develop courage for face enemies, lottery winnings, get new properties, develop personality & all areas in our life. Our lots of people saw this god as wearing brown color cloth like seer & do meditate in forest areas in Kataragama.
    Kataragama god also called as Skanda Kumara God who was person came to Sri Lanka from India. He did helps to sinhala people from his mind power by donating his time & hard working. These merits help him to be powerful god. He is jockey libidinous god, but also gives big punishments to people who don't remove onus on right time. But always this god likes to help people without care nation, religion or casts. This god has two wives, called as Tavani Amma & Walli Amma. Kataragama god likes fruit pujas than other puja types. Red color flowers & yellow color flowers are suitable for this god.
  • Upulwan God : Upulwan (or Vishnu) god is mainly protecting Buddhism in Sri Lanka, who is another bodhisattva god. Upulwan means god with blue color complexion & cloths. Main devala is located at Devinuwara town near to southern region in Sri Lanka. From research did from light reading, found that Vishnu god use his value time for meditation & observe precepts hence don't waste his time for look at every devala in worldwide. So he sends his minister gods for look at such worldwide devala. 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 from small white flowers, purple lotus & blue flowers. His main duty is giving protection for good people (also for gods) from bad people, enemies & other evil powers. He also has wife & Vishnu god is who knowing lovers well. In his past life, he stayed as rich salesman then became Buddhist monk when our Buddha Gautama preached dharma. After that again he had born in India as King Krishna. Then cause of his great merits forces, he became main god in heaven.
  • Sumana Saman God : This god is worthy among all other gods. Because this god was first Sri Lankan god who attained stream entry state. His power mainly located in Samanala or Sri Padha Mountain in Sri Lanka. God Saman's duty is protect Buddha's relic of foot mark in top of mountain, protect people who come to worship Buddha's relics & temple on mountain. This god doesnĺt go every devala in island wide such as other gods, so only we can get bless from this god in Samanala rock area. You can do deva puja for this god from white lotus flowers. Saman god come & helps people as normal village person in his area, lot of time as very old person wearing white color cloths. Main devala is located in Sabaragamuwa area. Sumana means his human life time name while Saman is said because he protects the Samanala rock. (Picture of Sumana Saman God)
  • Dadimunda God : God is governor of all hungry ghosts & devils in Sri Lanka. Consider his trendy is emitted all over the 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 who met then asked dharma from our Gautama Buddha & took words to protect Buddhist people. Even we say Dadimuda as god, but he is devil leader. But he is Buddhist & observes higher precepts, hence can be treated as god. People can ask help from this god for problems with hungry ghosts, devils, evil powers, sicknesses, spell bindings & curses of negative people. From our research we found 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 protector of all villages & houses in Sri Lanka, who is traveling village to village in midnight wearing white cloths. This god's traveling can be known from sudden jasmine smell & sometime dogs bark at same time. He gives punishments to bad people while helps to good ones. This god stays in two states as god and cruel devil. Suniyam god is very cruel god when he is giving punishments to bad people. In his human life, he was person who protected law in society when Sakanda Kumara's human life. Before that in another life time, he was prince who helped to poor people. Siddha Suniyam means this god needs to be invited when use mantra science & related works; He gives permission to activate mantras. Suniyam god stays under rules of Kataragama god & Iswara God. It is true that he has 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 brother of Sakanda Kumara when their human life & had wise brain power. He helped to Sakanda Kumara & other people for take 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 as god. Ganesha especially helps to lovers to success their love life from negative people. He is jockey god who doesnĺt punish humans. Ganesha god helps to people who do 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 for solve money problems, job problems & success in house hold properties from Iswara god. Iswara god also called as Shiva God in heaven. His past life, he was father of Sakanda Kumara and also had mind power which can help to poor people. Iswara became god cause of his virtuous on helping to old women, pregnant women and mothers as his own mother. Iswara god helps to people who do yoga, kundalani meditation, light reading, mantra & yantra sciences. Iswara god likes white pichcha or jasmine flowers as his deva puja. Iswara god has goddess as wife, so she is called as Uma goddess in heaven.
  • Maheswara God : This god was cousin brother of Iswara in his human life, also practiced kundalani yoga & meditation. Maheswara became god cause of his merits on helping to poor people and donating cup of bee honey to Kasapa Lord Buddha. Maheswara god take care human world & help to good people while punish to every bad people. If you stay as Buddhist precepts & vegetarian, Maheswara god surely help you to success your life. From our research, we found Maheswara god has more power than Iswara god. 
  • Wibisana God : He was brother of King Rawana, but virtuous than Rawana. (Rawana-Rama story is half correct as we researched, but not all facts are true as in myths). Rawana is powerful king in Sri Lanka who knows mantra science well. As we research Rawana had aero vehicle called "Dadumonara" which can be controlled by power of sounds (i.e. mantras). Cause of virtuous merit works of Wibisana as prince, he was treated as god by people. Because of virtuous merits of Wibisana, he became as powerful god and now helps us. Wibisana god's ruling area and his main devala is Kelani temple, where is near to Colombo. (Picture of Wibisana God)
  • Rawana God : Because King Rawana did service to mankind as herbal physician, was written many books in medicine and found out many technologies for mankind, then he was born as powerful god in heaven. He helps to herbal medicine physicians and people who involve in new technology.
  • Pattini Goddess : Pattini goddess is another Buddhist goddess who hopes to born in male life as Bodhisattva in her future life times. She helps to people by truth of her power of chastity. Main devala is in Nawagamuwa. It is true that female devil Kali Amma, is helper of Pattini goddess. This goddess likes to earn merit from Kiriamma Dana which is tradition in Sri Lanka. People began to boil milk when start new auspicious task also for get attraction from Pattini goddess. But this milk must not from animal's milk, 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 as her mothers.
  • Laskmi Goddess : She stay under rules of Kataragama god, but really help to people with matters of businesses, money, lottery winnings, gemming & properties. In her past life she help to poor people by giving money & free education for students, when Skanda Kumara rule in villages in Kataragama area. That merit helped her to be goddess. But she can't give money to you while she can only remove your obstacles when you work hard for earn money. In that case she asks permission from Kataragama god before help you. It is best that if you can offer jasmine & any lotus flowers to this goddess and offer fruit pujas including Beli Fruit, Canistel (Laulu) and Pomegranate (Delum). Ghee & Sandalwood oils are suitable for light lamps for Laskmi Goddess.
  • Saraswathi Goddess : Goddess stays under rules of God Ganesha, when she happens to help people in matters of music, dancing, art & general education. But she can't make learn you or give answers in exams. Only can remove your obstacles in your education. She can help you to strong up your mind via her mind power. It is highly advice to students with problems in education, must do Saraswathi Puja in real devala. (Actually Laskmi and Saraswathi are same goddess but stay in two states, when she help to people.)
  • Devol God : In Kashapa Lord Buddha's time one merchant donate fire heaters to temple of Lord Buddha where Sangha stayed in winter season. These merits were helped him to became powerful god and look at the Sri Lanka. Firstly he became tree based god in India then again he was born in Sri Lanka as mountain based god. Mainly he helps for cure sicknesses, protects people from spells, helps to herbal medicine doctors and helps to mantra related activities. Also he looks after and give punishments to false priests and to people who do lies on astrology, mantra yantra works and herbal medicine. 
  • Kali Amma Goddess : Actually she is female devil leader. In past she stayed as rude devil eating human meats, but according to advices from Lord Buddha & Pattini goddess, now she became good inhuman, who respect five precepts. She is helper of Pattini goddess. Because she is good one now, in heaven she called as Bhadhra Kali. She is only one goddess who can attract very soon. Sometimes she help to 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, so she don't like killing animals for take her attraction.
  • Walli Amma Goddess : One wife of the Sakanda Kumara god. Some people get help from her and ask future predictions from this goddess in some Devala or herbal medicine centers. This goddess helps to remove problems of ghosts or devils and cure sickness from heavenly medicine.
  • Kadawara God : Live under rules of Kataragama god. Kadawara is cruel devil leader & have many states such as protection, punish people when we neglect to remove Bara of Kataragama god, take spell bindings, etc. He can consider as real devil, who isn't care even Buddhism, when he trouble to people. People want to give him oblation or Pideni, not deva puja. Pideni must include red or dark color flowers, meat, fish, oiled eggs, rice, curries, oiled meals, etc. But we don't recommend keep lamps or Pideni for him in homes, gardens or your lands, because he punishes cruel way even for your little mistakes
  • Bandara Devathavo : Village leaders, herbal medical doctors, astrologers & teachers who did merit in their human life, consider rebirth as gods called Bandara Devatha. These bandara devatha can see as wearing white color long cloths with matted hair. There have lot of Bandara Devatha in every village in Sri Lanka. I.e. Kande Bandara, Sapumal Bandara, Pichchamal Bandara, etc...
  • Gambara Devathavo : Gambara Devatha are cheaf of bandara devatha who care each of every villages or towns in Sri Lanka. So very villages have gambara devatha, who tells about their villages & people in there to Gambara Siddha Suniyam god. Also gambara devatha take care Kataragama devala in their villages and towns.
  • Graha Devathavo : As planet earth, other all planets also have gods & goddesses. Among those gods each planet have main god. As example Saturn have most powerful gods & goddesses, those gods are ruling by most powerful one main god. He is called as 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 karma forces. Hence these nine gods give punishments or help us in our each dasa periods. As example in Buda main dasa & Shani sub dasa period, we get attraction of gods in Mercury & Saturn planets. These nine main gods are staying under rules of Sri Vishnu god. When we keep pujas for planet's problems relevant gods in particular planet can reduce such problems. But they can't 100% remove such karma effects from us. Famous Sri Lankan ancient astrologer called as Kotmale Ganitaya was seen Sikuru Grahaya and then received gold ornaments and golden-leaf astrology books as folklores. These gold ornaments were donated to Temple of Tooth Relic.
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Lot of main gods or goddesses have their ministers (who are middle power gods), while under those ministers have lot of low power gods who care some 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. Because all god's duty is keep good in world & escape bad. Devala/Devale or Deity Shrines (or Fane) is place, where having such low power gods such as Bumathu Devas, devils or ghosts.
Those low power gods tell about us to their ministers. Lot of times these low power gods help to success our onus via asking help from their ministers gods. As a example Kataragama god's minister god separate lot of low power gods to every Kataragama Devala in Sri Lanka & worldwide. 
People give fruit's & flower's smells to gods. Because some gods are staying by taking such smells, colors & lights as meals. In Sutra Pitakaya there have groups of sutras called Gandabbakaika Sanyuttaya, which are discussed about these kind of god by Lord Buddha. To do right 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 nine). Then you need to make those four trays as below :
  • First tray must keep spread herbal leaves, nine fruits with small stick of sugar cane, king coconut fruit & seven sweet meals. As herbal leaves can take betel leaves. Here fruits must not cut, eaten by insects or animal, dirty or too much young & old. Sweet meals must make in house, must not eat before keep in gods.
  • Normally we use "small stick of sugar cane, pineapple, bananas & mangoes" as essential fruits for deva puja.
  • Second tray must keep spread herbal leaves, nine verities of flowers and lighted incense sticks. Flowers which are keep to gods must not big and dark red color. But as water flowers, we can keep red lotus.
  • Third tray must keep spread seven herbal leaves, seven coins & lighted seven camphor coins on shaded coconut fruit. Here coins only for represent money, you no need to keep big money. After this puja, you donate these coins to Buddhist temple.
  • Lighted seven oil lamps in forth tray, normally oils from -  sandalwood, king coconuts or coconuts. Oil for deity lamps must not include animal oils. 

People who can't make such big puja can make small puja from 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 good, you use steel, brass or golden tray. This tray must only used for keep puja for gods. You need to consult good Astrologer for doing correct deva puja, Because according to your problem and also different gods like different type of leaves, odors, flowers, fruits, oils, meals & smells. After keeping these trays into place of god or Devala, we can request their attractions. Because gods are like to neat & clean environments, hence we need to choose clean place for do deva puja. Every devala have priest, who help to do deva puja. He is scared to be vegetarian and know well about god in his devala. You can consult priest in devala for keep this deva puja. But also you can keep such puja in devala or near the Bodhi tree by your hand then request to take your puja. As you can understand this puja are not eaten by gods but they only use it's smells, colors or light & only for make happy their minds. After one hour since puja, you & your family members can eat fruits & sweet meals or give to another family, otherwise give to birds. Lot of times, these stuffs have blessing of gods which can make healthy your mind & body.
Keeping Of Bara Jump to Top!
Some people keep agreement or onus with gods, it is called as Bara. This is doing via tired coin twisted from new white cloth in devala or near tree. This coin is called as Padura. This coin must wash from mixer of lime juice with turmeric & cloth can be white & newly brought one. It is advised that all people want to remove Bara by give some help to devala after god helped to you. Otherwise some gods try to give big punishments to us, till we remove Bara. These penalties are called as Deva Dosha. You no need to keep big agreement with gods what you can't do, gods hoped little puja such as fruit, flowers, oil lamp, candle light, etc as respect.
If you live in another country, you can do same deva puja in Hindu temple or devala in those countries. But it is not good do deva puja in garden or outside of homes cause some ghosts and devils hunter those smells. They can give new problems. You can arrange deva puja little bit below the Buddha worshiping place or puja room. In that case use below steps :

  • Take photo of your liked god and keep it little bit below to Lord Buddha statue, on table with white clothed. 
  • Firstly keep flowers, light oil lamp & light incense sticks to triple gem in Buddha worshiping place. 
  • Worship Lord Buddha by saying verses or your owner way. 
  • Then chant parittas of Karaniyametta sutra, Ratana sutra and Maha Mangala sutra.
  • Then observe five precepts.
  • Then remember your recently did merit activities about little time.
  • Then light another oil lamp for god in front of god's photo. Oils must be 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 same meritorious energies to you also...".
  • Then ask help from gods by keep a bara via mental requesting.
  • After that day, you no need to light lamp for god every days. 
  • Gods will saw you some omen (sometime in dream) related to your request within 14 days. 
  • You can goto light reading place to confirm that god was accepted your requesting...

Are god's can tell our future? (Soothsaying) Jump to Top!
Lot of gods can tell about our future from their mind power. But some hungry ghosts & devils mislead us from devala by saying truth about past but say lies about future. Because ghosts & devils can't say about our future more correct way as gods. Therefore you must be careful when you go to ask future predictions from some devalas. It is good to determine firstly that devala having god or ghost by talking with main priests of that devala. Gods don't like to waste money, but ghosts are tried to collect money from people who come to devala. Then give that money to priests, because they are past lives relation of those priests. But gods don't like to do that kind of misleading things.
In sinhala these kind of future predictions or prophesies are called as Sattara. Gods, devils, naga and ghosts can read our mind by enter into our mind images. Lot of time they can read our past lives through our mind. It is ESP power which they have. Then they determine what kind of things happen in future through our karmic forces. Lot of times naga, ghosts & devils hunt our body to read our mind. This is called as trance or Awasha. In trance state, person vibrates his body or head & say what customer asked things. But some powerful devils, naga & gods don't like to hunt human body, instead of it they link with our mind or nervous system via telepathy & their divine-eye. Because gods are thinking human body as dirty or uncanny. In this case priest don't become awasha, instead of trance, he can know what telling by gods via some objects such as oil lamp, leaves, white paper, water cup, etc. Sometimes priests give Herbal Medicines via asking from gods, in that case before take such medicines, ask from experienced Ayurvadic Doctor whether those medicines are valid according to traditional Ayurvadha. So here are simple identifications for know such devala have gods or other type of inhumans,

  • Ask name of gods or goddesses when he get awasha or trance, lot of times gods are say their names, details of heavens, what merit they did to become god, etc. But other inhumans get angry when we ask their details. (Those inhumans say asking those details will help to get punishment from gods.)
  • Gods or goddesses don't like trance or hunt human body.
  • Gods & goddesses are kind but other inhumans try to fear us.
  • Devala which have inhuman (not gods), are 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, these gods or goddesses are helping to get rid from our pains or they help us to win our life goals like as below. However gods & goddesses are not who staying for help us. If they feel they help us. If we have big negative karma to give results then they will stay silent. Gods can't mislead by giving pujas or by visiting shrines, cause they know every thing about us. Before get helps from these gods you must know that whether there have Ishta Devatha for you or there have attraction of particular god or goddess. If you have, then that ishta devatha can ask help from these main gods for you as representative. Therefore you may consult your family astrologer for know that what god is good for your problems. However if you trust power of the particular god, you can ask 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 angles) or past life teachers (spiritual guides) who were reincarnated as gods cause of their past life merits. Some deities friendly with us after seen our good deeds in current life. You can consult light reader or clairvoyant for know about your ishta devathas. Normally virtuous person has istha devathas between 4 to 100. Lot of times, there have especial helpings from these deities. Some istha devathas work on especial tasks and fixed time period with us while some deities help us throughout the life.
Lot of visitors ask from us about Sharing Merits to Deities, sometime Indian visitors and Western visitors don't familiar with giving meritorious energies to deities. So here are steps for sharing merits: Firstly recall you did meritorious and sacred activities
(such as help to poor people, donating alms, mediations, etc.) then happy on it mentally about 3 minutes. When recalling such meritorious and sacred activities, our mind attain happy and soft feelings, so we transfer these positive mental energies to deities. In Buddhist Teachings there have Meditation of Donations, also you can do this meditation about 20 minutes. Then recall deities who are you respected much via name and pictures, then think as "my dear gods/goddesses, please share/ take these meritorious energies, which I was collected from these good deeds". Wish these meritorious energies may help to increase their lifespan, complexion, comfort, power and wisdom. Also wish that they may attain path and fruition of Buddhism as they wish and given meritorious energies may help to it. Normally good method is keeping separate book for write merit activities, then in free time read it page by page then give merits as above system. This way was used by Sri Lankan King Dutu Gamunu who now stays in Tusita Heaven. These meritorious energies help to increase lifespan, complexion, comfort, power and wisdom of deities including our istha devathas. So they can help us more powerful way. (Also refer Sinhala Article)
Here we gave some tips for get helpings from gods :

  • Gods can get your transferred merits & then they help or bless for you. But lot of gods don't need our merits for their living. Also lot of gods esp. in upper heavens can do their own merits activities such as doing meditations, asking Dharma, observing precepts, help to poor humans, etc...
  • Gods give small punishment to people who stay with good precepts, but tends to go bad path. Also some gods give big punishments when we neglect to remove bara. But gods don't punish to people who blames, neglect or refuse existence of gods, also they don't help such people.
  • In every fullmoon day & poya days gods observe higher precepts, hence it is not use or good ask for help from them in fullmoon days or visit devalas in such days. God's council normally gather at time between 10pm to 4am in every nights, which are suit for ask help from your most liked or respected gods & goddesses.
  • Every gods can't give every helps what you ask, every gods have their own subject & limitations. This subjects or skills they achieved by their merits of their past human life. Some god have lot of skills. Also we need merits for get help from gods, means they can't help us when we face big negative karma.
  • Gods can see every things at once, also they can go anywhere as soon as they feel. But gods & goddesses are not all mighty or all powerful ones as we heard. Gods precepts & wisdom are different with each other gods cause they achieved such power from their past life merits. Sometimes gods are also facing negative karma, when such periods comes they become somewhat powerless.
  • Real look like of gods are not same as what you seen in images on temples, shrines or shops. Even names are same, but gods past life stories are different from folk stories & myths stories. When we were researching, we had seen that lot of gods & even goddesses wear charm 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 Odors + Chanting Dhamma (Parittas) "
  • When you give merits to gods, always wish for increase their : lifetime, complexion, luxury, power and wisdom. Specially bodhisattva gods are liking to take wishes for 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 in this page or use those details for our research which will help to 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...

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