The people of this country fought for independence against the British imperialists. The main struggles of 1818 and 1848 were twofold. In the meantime. The struggle of 1820 is hidden in the history of this country.
This may be due to the fact that in a short period of time it failed and the Vedda people played a major role in it. But as in the uprising of 1818, the indigenous people were instrumental in coronating a king.
The king thus appointed was named Wimaladharma Narendrasinghe. He was born in the Hewaheta area and was known as Bambaragama Coomaraswamy. It is said that he was elected to the throne near the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura before the advent of Sri Wickrama Sarvasiddhi of Wilbawa, who ascended the throne during the 1818 uprising, and was later imprisoned.
Born in the Mahawa area of Kurunegala in the Mahawe district, he also contributed to the 1818 uprising. He joins King Wimaladharma Narendrasinghe with the Wellawa district with a large army of Vedda people.
It takes place in a Vedda village called Marake. When King Wimaladharma Narendrasinghe came to this Vedda village, about seven thousand Veddas accepted his kingship and joined him.
The Sinhalese inherited defeat all the time in history, and a betrayal took place here as well. All the details of the new king of the Ganegoda district were informed to the English. As a result, he came with a group of soldiers and defeated King Wimaladharma Narendrasinghe in AD. He was arrested on 12 January 1820 and handed over to the English. After a brief trial, Wimaladharma Narendrasinghe deported the Sinhalese king to the island of Mauritius, where the militants of the 1818 rebellion had been deported.
With the loss of the king, the struggle did not stop. He took the burden of the struggle in the Mahawewa district on his shoulders and entered the battle. He captured the Matale district with the Vedda militants and extended his control to Sabaragamuwa as well.
There, Captain William O’Neill, along with the Eknaligoda District, was defeated in the Mahawe District and captured alive. This is how the patriotic struggle of the patriotic Vedda people, who hoisted the flag hoisted by the Sinhalese for the high independence of the country after it fell to the ground in 1818, came to an end. There must be justice in history for the ancestors of the Vedda people who sacrificed their lives.