name of Kandarodai derives from its original name Kadurugoda,
according to historians. Kandarodai can be reached after
traveling about 10 km beyond Manippai from Jaffna town.
One can see remnants of 61 small dagabas scattered in an
area of about ½ acre land of palmyrah trees. Only
the foundations of some dagabas are left today. Keen observations
convince visitors that those small structures are constructed
with ash-coloured stone.
constructions of theses dagabas bear different features
from other Buddhist dagabas elsewhere since they do not
distinctively have a square shape part named Hathares
Kotuwa but ring-shaped structures known as Pesa Walalu
built one above the other are seen next to the global
Dr. Paul E. Pieris who first discovered these dagabas
says the constructions are more than 2000 years old.
Buddha statue, Bodhisaththa statue, a stone scripture
and some coins believed to have been used in the 1st and
2nd centuries were found during archeological excavations
in this area. They are at present kept at the Jaffna museum.
is legendary that the relics of 60 Arhats who passed-away
due to a famine while preaching Dhamma and practicing
meditation in Jaffna peninsula are about 2000 years before
deposited in those small dagabas. There is a record that
a special dagaba with Lord Buddha's relics were also in
bodies had been cremated and the ashes deposited in the
small dagabas constructed later by a noble person lived
in the area, but no name or any other information has
been found in records.