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වාදීභ සිංහ මිගෙට්ටුවත්තේ ගුණානන්ද හිමිගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන්, 19 වන සියවසේ නව බෞද්ධ ප්රබෝධයක් ඇති කිරීමට දායකවූ,'පානදුරාවාදය' ඓතිහාසික විවාදය පැවැත්වූ ස්ථානය වේ.
ජන ගහණය හා සංස්කෘතිය[සංස්කරණය]
පානදුර නගරය 100,000 පමණ වු ජනතාවකට වාස භූමිය වේ.
පානදුර නගරයේ බහුතරයක් වු ජනතාවගේ ආගම වනුයේ බුදු දහමයි.නමුත් කතෝළික හා ඉස්ලාමි ආගමිකයන් සුළු පිරිසක්ද දැකිය හැකිය.
බෞද්ධ පුරවරය - පානදුර
මිගෙට්ටුවත්තේ ගුණානන්ද හිමි[සංස්කරණය]
The two key persons in the Panadura Debate were Migettuvatte Gunananda Thera for the Buddhists and Father David de Silva for the Christians. Gunananda Thera was acclaimed as a debater of a very high order after this debate and his personality deeply affected the resurgence of Buddhism which was to follow. He was described as "the boldest, most brilliant and most powerful champion of Sinhalese Buddhism" and the leader of the Buddhist revival.
The Panadura Debate was the climax of the first phase of the revivalist movement which began with the establishment of the 'Society for the Propagation of Buddhism' at Kotahena and the establishment of the Lankopakara Press in Galle. Both events took place in 1862. In the meantime, another sect, the Ramanna Nikaya had been established in 1865 and the Vidyodaya Pirivena, the first leading centre of oriental learning was founded in 1872.
It was the success of the Panadura Debate that prompted Colonel Henry Steel Olcott to come to Ceylon. He was impressed with what he read in the newspapers in the United States on the Debate and immediately sent a mass of pamphlets and other literature which were very critical of Christianity. Gunananda Thera got these translated into Sinhalese and distributed them all over the island.
The Panadura Debate thus created quite a stir not only in this country but in many parts of the world.
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- Article on Colonel Olcott, Panadura and the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka