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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
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...
Who are Gods & Goddesses
Gods and goddesses are powerful energy beings who have performed big merits
precepts and meditations in their past life times. Gods don't like come
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 :
Here are brief descriptions about the six heavens :
of Main God
Time in Human Years
Caturr Maha Rajika
|| 36 million
Fresh minded gods
Gods stay in Happy
Gods do creations
Gods have all Lust
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
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).
: 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.
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
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.
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
he sometimes comes as a poor beggar to check our precepts. This god takes
decisions related to human world more than other gods.
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
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
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
related to inhuman attractions.
Visaka Goddess : Visaka
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 :
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
Janasabha or Janawasabha :
A whole sutra in the Sutra Pitakaya is related to this god whose past life was one of
a soovan or
king called as Bimbisara, killed by his own son. He lives under Kuwera god,
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.
Gods & Goddesses
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
who do meditation. We found this information related to the gods below. Also here we want to give our thanks
spiritual professionals & Buddhist Theros who helped us during our research with deities
and also wish them to success
in their spiritual life!
and Deva Puja
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.
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.
(or Vishnu) This god is the main god protecting Buddhism in Sri Lanka
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
main god in his heaven.
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Kali Amma Goddess
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
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 Devathas are chief
of bandara devathas who take care of each and every village or town in Sri Lanka. So
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
: 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
god and keep it little below the Lord Buddha statue, on a table with
- 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
- Then remember your most
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
- 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?
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
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
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
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
you or an attraction of a particular god or goddess. If you have, then that ishta devatha
as an representative and ask help from these main gods on behalf of you. Therefore you
should consult your family astrologer
which particular god is good for your problems. However if you trust the power of
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
tasks and for a fixed time period with us while other deities help us throughout
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
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
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
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
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.
you wish to get help from gods & goddesses, Always remember god's
attraction formula :
" Merits + Precepts + Tidiness + Sweet Odours + Chanting Dhamma
- 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