Malwana’s brief History

Malwana is one of 18 villages of Buhary Thakiya. Beruwela.  (Nabaviyathul Qadiriya Tharika). In Malwana there live Muslims and Sinhalese in equal amount. It is a town of 35,000 (estimate as of 2001) inhabitants in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated on the banks of the Keleni River, 14 km north-west of Colombo. It is part of the Gampaha District and Biyagama electoral division. Malwana forms part of the Biyagama free-trade zone, where government incentives has drawn investors from around the world into manufacturing ventures involving clothing and light industry.[i]

It has said according to the research and investigation conducted by the anthropologist de la Hall Marret there is a pure Arabic stock. “The Semitic types the Persian type still in this country.” You can spot them out at once whether in Jaffna, Puttalam, Malwana, Galle or Trincomalee. Undoubtedly this Arabic/Semitic infusion dates back to the 8th century, or says de la Hall Marret, even longer. [ii]

 The Portuguese Administration, 1597-1656

The Portuguese Government of Lanka was subject to the Viceroy at Goa. At its head was the Captain General, with his residence at Malwana he was spoken of by the natives as the king of Malwana, with the title of Highness He was assisted by a Vedor da Fazenda, in charge of the revenue, and by an Ouvidor or judge. The `City of St. Lawrence’ or Colombo was administered by a Chamber or municipal body.

After the oath of allegiance to the new monarch thereafter delegates from various divisions of the kingdom were summoned to Malwana to decide whether they would be governed by the laws of Portugal or by those of Lanka. The Sinhala had chosen to abide by their own laws at this meeting.[iii] 







[ii]  Explore Lanka

[iii] For the `Convention’ of Malwana, see Ribeiro, book i. chap. 9; the better imformed De Q. relates the oath of fealty and the proclamation at Colombo, p. #30, and the Convention arid its objects on pp. 833,834. He also gives the text of the petition of 1636, which mentions the Convention on p. 834. For the embassy to Aracan and the restoration of the Upasampada succession see Rajavansaya (Colombo Museum MS.). The Sinhala dates for the accession of Senarat appear in Rajavansaya and the Dambulla Vihara tudupata {Lawrie’s Gazetteer 1. p. 126).

6 thoughts on “MALWANA”

  1. Good; forgot to add famous fruit of”rambutan” Nepleum lepergium (Botanical Name)
    and about our civilised “Nabaviyyathul Qadhiriyya Thareeeka” People.
    and about sinhala community

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment.
      I’ve added some brief descriptions about what you have mentioned under the page topics, PLACES and RAMBUTAN. Please check the left side of this page. Please feel free to add your comments and feedback. Thank you.

  2. Salamz..

    Malwana, a place where plenty of Rambutan is found.. 🙂

    Why don’t you ppl help youngsters lyk us in teaching the ppl Islam.. We are book publishers.. We recently put out 3 books in a question and answer format because every person will be able to read and understand.. The books are quite exciting.. We sell our books for a reasonable price.. So far its out everywhere all over Colombo and would like to publish out of Colombo as well.. Any Muslim schools who are willing to buy it pls do contact us..

    1. Salamz Azra,
      If you wanted information about Malwana you can consult a person called Shaheed hajiar in Gandiya walawwa Malwana because this person has been collecting information about Malwana since last 2 years & he’s about to publish a book named “history of Malwana” so you better contact him.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s