The story of the Siddhalepa Group of Companies goes back 150 years to the middle of the 19th century. In Galle, a small town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka lived Hettigoda Gamage Don Carolis de Silva, an agriculturist by profession. His talents however, were multifaceted. He excelled in the art of Astrology and was also well known as a skilled Ayurvedic physician. Of his two sons, Hendrick De Silva Hettigoda followed in his father's footsteps and studied Ayurveda and Astrology, while his younger son, the late Most Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula, rose to fame as a world-renowned Buddhist scholar. Hendrick De Silva Hettigoda after studying Ayurveda and Astrology from his father proceeded to India to continue his studies under the Yogis (religious mendicants) in their ashrams at the foothills of the Himalayas. He spent over 15 years in India perfecting the art of Ayurveda and Astrology. An expert in the field of Astrology, he was elected President of the Astrological Society of Sri Lanka, at that time.
Victor Hettigoda, the Chairman of the Hettigoda Group of Companies was born in 1937 in Kanake, Matara, Sri Lanka. Victor received his education at Rahula College, Matara. On leaving school he joined his father as a "student helper" to pursue the family profession of Ayurveda Medicine. Victor spent nearly 12 years learning the art of Ayurveda Medicine poring over "Ola Leaf" manuscripts and ancient books on the subject.
Victor Hettigoda's untiring efforts and devotion to Ayurveda won him accolades from his father. As a reward for his hard work, the secret formula of "Siddhalepa"- the wonder balm - was disclosed to him. He had a burning desire for independence and achievement but was encumbered by limited financial resources. However, an initial investment from a trusted relative in 1971 helped him commence his venture.
Victor Hettigoda's dynamism knew no limits. He travelled to every remote village in Sri Lanka to promote the Siddhalepa Balm. His tireless efforts were ultimately rewarded. Today, his Company is a resounding success with a global distribution network.
In recognition of Dr. Hettigoda's colossal contribution to the field of Ayurveda Medicine and his services to the Industrial community in particular, Dr. Hettigoda was vested with the prestigious award of "Deshabandu" by the President of Sri Lanka in May 1990. The "Vishava Prasadini" award was conferred on him by the Prime Minister in April 1996 for his outstanding contribution and service to the Ayurveda Industry in Sri Lanka. In addition, numerous journals and organizations have feted this outstanding entrepreneur.
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