The crest of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka features several symbols of bnational significance, including an Ola leaf Book of ancient writing, a lotus,
rice spikes, a ceremonial pot filled with water (Pun Kalasa), and lion holding a kastane sword in its right forepaw.
In the center of two concentric circles is the ceremonial pot filled with water, the lotus, and rice spike. Between the outer and inner circles, the name of the University is written in Sinhala, Tamil, and English, depicting the University’s inclusive educational culture.
The ancient Ola leaf book is symbolic of wisdom and also signifies the quality of preservation. There is another connotation attached to the Ola leaf book of ancient writing, as the city in which the University is located is not only considered sacred, but also the site which inaugurate the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
The purity, serenity, and prosperity symbolized by the lotus, rice spikes, and ceremonial pot filled with water are emblems of education and the benefits it brings. The Rajarata University of Sri Lanka has been on a mission for 26 years to provide education and to endow the intellectuals to the Nation in order for it to prosper. On the top of the crest, the lion holding a sword in its right forepaw is supposedly depicting what it is depicted elsewhere: the pride, wisdom, intelligence, bravery, and wealth. The Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, as a national university, is the pride of the Nation, as symbolized by the lion on the top the crest.