Kavan Tissa, also known as Kavantissa, Kaha Wan Thissa,(that means who
has the color of golden body). was the king of the Kingdom of Ruhuna
in the southern part of Sri Lanka. He ruled Ruhuna, in the same time
as Keleni Tissa of
Maya Rata and the usurping Tamil king of
Ellalan of South India, expanding and beautifying the
city, and projecting the power of his native Rajarata region across
the island of Sri Lanka. Kavan Tissa was a great-grandson of King
Devanampiyatissa's youngest brother Mahanaga, and also the father of
the great Sinhalese King Dutugemunu.
As with his son Dutugemunu, Kavan Tissa's figure is mostly swathed in
myth and legend. The main source of information on his life is
Mahavamsa, the historical poem about the kings of Sri Lanka, which
portrays Kavan Tissa as "devoutly believing in the three gems, [and]
he provided the brotherhood continually with... needful things".
List of monarchs of Sri Lanka
History of Sri Lanka
^ de Silva, C.R.:
Sri Lanka - A History. 2nd edition, New Delhi 1997.
ISBN 81-259-0461-1. p. 29f.
Kings & Rulers of Sri Lanka
Codrington's Short History of Ceylon
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