The Epic Effort of a dedicated human community to preserve for the whole of mankind and for all time, a unique cultural and spiritual heritage - overcoming formidable obstacles.

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Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage.

In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sri Lanka, was troubled by power-hungry forces from within and from outside. A severe drought assailed the land for twelve unbroken years. Monks who perpetuated Buddha’s word by oral tradition, could not survive.

The monks were troubled both by the enemy and the famine. In the dark days, the loyal subjects protected their King. Enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. Well armed, the King dealt a deadly blow and regained the rule. In peace and prosperity, the monks facing the challenge wrote down the oral tradition. The Buddha’s compassionate teaching became an irreducible component of the whole of human culture.

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The miraculous achievement in human culture, symbolized by a twenty one - century old oral tradition being committed into permanent writing,
is the core and essence of “Aloko Udapadi”.

We, the contemporary film makers of Sri Lanka - a country globally renowned for exquisite exports - is hereby presenting a timeless gift to mankind, through this great film epic “Aloko Udapadi”.

The King and The Royals

King Walagamba, The central character in this Film Epic, is a direct Royal descendent of the National Heroic Ruler - King Dutugemunu. This Sovereign Walagamba who ascended the throne in 103 B.C. is the son of Saddhatissa, younger brother to King Dutugemunu. King Walagamba became King at a time when the Kingdom was in the grip of a series of multi-pronged threats. Driven to rule in two sessions, King Walagamba’s first spell of rule, was shattered, in just three months after he assumed Kingship, by Cholian invaders.

Since he symbolized national aspirations with unswerving commitment, he was a mass hero. Eventually, overcoming all obstacles, he unified the nation under his rulership. His Chief Queen Anula and his loyal consort Soma, guarded the King enduring personal threats.

He finds a special niche in Sri Lankan history both as a war hero and as an unprecedented Spiritual Leader, who endowed a long lasting treasure on the totality of mankind.

The role of Maha Sangha

This Film Epic dramatically reveals the profound role played by the members of the Maha Sangha, to ensure the continuity of Sri Lanka’s Royal Line and to preserve the sacred human heritage of the Buddha’s Dispensation for the well-being of the totality of mankind. One stream of the Buddhist Brotherhood of the day spent their last breath, to keep alive the oral tradition of the Buddha’s 84,000 part Dispensation. With an astonishing farsightedness the Chief Prelate of the Time Ven. Mahatissa deployed the two Streams of monks - the scholars and the mass leaders, to save the holy Kingdom and its precious spiritual heritage. The ordeals suffered by the monks, to survive a devastating famine, that took a tragic toll of life, form a grievous chapter in the story of mankind’s spiritual progress. The Maha Sangha, of this era, converted themselves into the custodians of the spiritual heritage, with little or no thought about the threat to their own lives.

Brahmin Theeya and the indigenous threat

As things were, King Walagamba’s throne was threatened both from outside and from within. The indigenous threat originated from powerful Brahmin leaders and the Kshathriyas of the Rohana Settlement, in the Deep South.

These Brahmins and Kshathriyas were present in the South, even prior to the days of King Devanampiyatissa. Mahawamsa - Sri Lanka’s national chronicle - states that King Devanampiyatissa sent out formal invitations to Southern Brahmins and Kshathriyas to participate in the Assembly in Anuradhapura to receive Bikkhuni Sangamitta - daughter of Emperor Asoka - when she arrived in Sri Lanka with the Sacred Bodhi Sapling.

Theeya Brahmin and his consort, in King Walagamba’s Day represented the Brahmin Power that could unsettle the peace in the land. King Walagamba’s shrewd strategy diminished Brahmin Theeya’s threats to his Rule.

Cholian Invaders

Sri Lanka’s Island Citadel has been exposed to invasions from neighboring countries, from very early times. Seasoned seafarers had known our Island Kingdom, as a kind of treasure trove, inhabited by a race of exceedingly gentle people.

In consequence adventurers from the neighboring lands, tempted by easy victories, invaded Sri Lanka from time to time. Some of these invaders did not have any claim to Royal blood, but were greedy Leaders of aggressive hordes. Cholian Ruler Elara was one such adventurer.

During King Walagamba’s Day, a whole group came over and usurped the land and kept it under their limited rule for a while.

Lying in hiding for a period of time, King Walagamba, mustered his trusty men and regained his Kingdom. The brief term of the rule by the invading Cholian ended in 89 B.C.

The Cholians, utterly demented by their greed for fabulous wealth and kingly luxury, killed each other.

The last of these (General Dathiya) fell at the final battle waged by Walagamba’s Army.