Chevarara, which is created in parallel to the Katina Ceremony, is made in the form of ancient Theravada practice by Buddhist monks in ancient time. Natural herbs such as plants leaves, roots, nuts and flowers are used to made the Pandu (a blend) which makes the color similar to natural acrid mixture. This process done by the meditation practitioners through a form of meditation. In order to made this special blend called Pandu to a correct proportion, they have to commit approximately two months and 24×7 continuous process with close supervision. 

In parallel to above process, stitching of Cheevaraya (robe) is done in an another place. For that unprocessed white clothes are used. The Cheevaraya (robes) is prepared by sewing pieces of cloth together and placed the pieces similar to layout of the paddy field. The Cheevaraya (robes) of the early monks were made of scraps of discarded cloth from cemeteries.

After successfully making the blend and stitching of Cheewaraya, next process is to paint the cheevaraya using the blend. A wooden canoe is used for panting process and this process is repeated until the correct color of the Cheevaraya is made.


  • Dhananajaya heenkenda
    Posted March 4, 2020 12:39 pm 0Likes

    please elaborate more on how to make the correct katina cheewaraya,as most of our Buddhist temples practice a wrong method.
    my opinion is , we need to educate the general public more on this.

  • chinthaka lakmal
    Posted July 19, 2020 10:09 am 0Likes

    This time we would like to hold the Katina Pinkama at our village temple in the old traditional way.
    But kindly let me know a method by which I can contact you to find out its methods and ingredients

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