Coat of Arms

January 6th, 2012

coatofarmsThe coat of arms of the University of Kelaniya is circular in design and consists of three concentric bands, the outermost of which contains the name of the University in Sinhala and English. The motto of the institution “Pannaya Parisujjhati” (self-purification is by insight) is a quotation from the Alavaka-sutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, given in Sinhala characters in the same band. The middle band containing a creeper design encloses the innermost, which shows a full blown lotus, signifying purity. These two designs are reminiscent of those occurring in the well-known moonstones at Anuradhapura.