“The Updyaya Punna Tero and Followed “Sangharakkhitha Thero” 668. Puna theraha shadivihariya batha shagarakithaha lene shagasha. (I.C. 50 Gonaagala)
When some one reading the above phrase after study Vinaya pitaka feel special sense. But who has not studied may not feel. The one who study about Epigraphic should have good knowledge about Dharma Vinaya Pitaka if else difficult to realize the meaning of letter very well. When miss understood the historical and archaeological value of Sri Lanka pass away. He or she limit with fence and barriers too.
The way how Thero’s name had used is very specified and special. The first name is “Puna Therasha” and second one is “Shagarakithaha”.
“According to the “Puna Theraha” explain about “Thera” according to the name “Shagarakithaha” explain as the follower. Deep thinking about why use in this way help to realize the meaning.
For administrative “Thero” word used as “Punna Thera” but for the followers or juniors “Thera” do not use from the front or end of the name.
“Shaddhiviharika” explain more about the meaning of letter. According to the “Vinaya pitaka’s” “Saddhiviharika and Upadyaya Vatha” has explanation clearly. According to the letter and Vinaya pitaka “Shaddiviharika Punna thera” is Administrative thero and “Upadyaya Shangarakkitha” was the Follower or junior thero.
The monk and civilians has not attended more with this explanation because their knowledge was lack in Buddhism and Vinaya Pitaka knowledge.
To understand more it is must to study “Punnovada suthraya”.
The Attakatha says “Punna Thera” was from “Sunaparantha Area”. This Sunaparantha Ratta area was not in India clearly explained in Attakatha. According to old Sri Lankan books Ratta was Sri lankan area.
“Ambahatta Pabbatha, Samuddagiri Vihara, Mathula Giriya, Makulakarama, are old Sinhalese name thos are not Indian or any other country name. today also those name are using in Sri Lanka.
According to Attakatha entrance to motherland by Punna thera as bellow. After arrive to “Sunaparantha” stayed in “Ambahatta Mountain” and walk for foods (pidusiga wedima). While the walk younger brother captured and requested to stay in same place. This “Sunaparantha Ratta was close to Ridiviharaya”. About Punna thero’s earlier merchant life before become monk explain by the letter in “Ridiviharaya”. In “Atta katha” and “Divyawa Dhanaya” explain more about “Punna Thero”.