Swayanjatha, meaning “Born on its own” in Sinhala, is an indigenous variety of red rice paddy, endemic to Sri Lanka. Unlike the conventional varieties of rice cultivated in the country, this rice variety is grown on dry land as chena cultivation and takes about six months to bear harvest.
It is believed, that there is a mention about Swayanjatha in the Agganna Sutra, which describes that at the beginning of the planet,
“There was a born variety of rice with no husk yet with a distinctive fragrance which rose spontaneously out of the soil”
– Agganna Sutra –
You can now see this valuable plant species grown at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.