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Prince Vijaya
Prince Vijaya
(Sinhalese: විජය කුමරු) was a legendary king of Sri Lanka, mentioned in the Pali
chronicles, including Mahavamsa. According to these chronicles, he is the first recorded King of Sri Lanka. His reign is traditionally dated to 543–505 BCE. According to the legends, he and several hundred of his followers came to Lanka after being expelled from an Indian kingdom. In Lanka, they displaced the island's original inhabitants (Yakkhas), established a kingdom and became ancestors of the modern Sinhalese people.


1 Sources and variations of the legend 2 Ancestry 3 Arrival in Sri Lanka 4 Establishment of the Tambapanni kingdom 5 Last days 6 Significance 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Sources and variations of the legend[edit] Broadly, there are four distinct versions of the legend that explains the origin of Sinhalese people. In all the versions, a prince comes to the island of Lanka, and establishes a community that gives rise to the Sinhalese race. The Mahavamsa
and Dipavamsa
name the prince as Vijaya, while the other two legends have different names for the prince.[2]

version In this version, Vijaya's grandmother is a princess, whose ancestry is traced to the Vanga and Kalinga kingdoms (present-day Bengal
and Odisha). She bears two children with Sinha ("lion"), who keeps them in captivity in a forest. After the princess and her two children escape from the captivity, her son Sinhabahu
kills Sinha. Prince Vijaya
Prince Vijaya
is the son of the lion-killer Sinhabahu, who is the founder of a new kingdom called Sinhapura. Vijaya becomes the prince-regent of Sinhapura, but is exiled with 700 of his followers to Lanka, because of his evil deeds. The Mahavamsa
version of the legend contains a contradiction: it states that during an earlier visit to Lanka, the Buddha expelled all the Yakkhas (Yakshas) of Lanka to another island called Giridipa. However, it later states that Vijaya encountered Yakkhas when he landed in Lanka, and a Yakkhini (female Yakkha) named Kuveni became his queen. Kuveni helps Vijaya destroy the Yakkha city of Sirisavatthu, and has two children with him. However, Vijaya has to marry a Kshatriya
princess to be a legitimate ruler. Therefore, he marries the daughter of a Pandu king, who also sends other women as brides for Vijaya's followers. Kuveni and her two children leave for the Yakkha city of Lankapura, where she is killed by the Yakkhas for betraying them. Vijaya dies without an heir. Panduvasudeva, the son of his twin brother Sumitta, arrives from India, and takes charge of Vijaya's kingdom. The community established by Vijaya gives rise to the Sinhalese race.[2][3]

version This version predates the Mahavamsa
version. It is similar to the Mahavamsa
version, but doesn't mention Kuveni (and other Yakkhas) or the South Indian princess.[4]

Xuanzang's account In Xuanzang's account, the princess abducted by the Sinha (lion) comes from South India. There is no mention of Vanga, Kalinga or Lala. She and her two children escape from Sinha's captivity to their native kingdom in South India. Her son Chih-sse-tseu ("lion-catcher" i.e. Sinhabahu) later kills his father Sinha. He is given a reward, but also expelled and put on a ship, for the act of parricide. He lands on Ratnadeepa (Lanka, the "island of gems"), and settles there. He starts attacking naval merchants, who come to the island looking for gems. He captures the children of these merchants, and spares their lives, thus creating a community. Chih-sse-tseu himself has children (although their mother is not named), and his descendants divide people into classes, giving rise to the caste system. They also wage wars, expanding their territory. The community established by Chih-sse-tseu gives rise to the Sinhalese race. There is no mention of Yakkhas in this version.[2][4]

Valahassa Jataka version This Jataka version is depicted in the Ajanta cave paintings of India (Simhala Avadana in Cave XVII). In this version, the prince who comes to the island is a merchant prince named Sinhala, who is the son of Sinha ("lion"). He and his 500 followers sail for the Ratnadeepa island, where they hope to find gems in the Sirisavatthu city. They get shipwrecked, but are saved by the Yakkhinis, who prey on the shipwrecked merchants. The Yakkhinis pretend to be the widows of the merchants who earlier visited the island. Sinhala marries the chief Yakkhini, but then discovers their true identity. He and 250 of his men escape from the island on a magical flying horse (Valahassa). The chief Yakkhini follows them to his paternal kingdom, and presents herself to his father Simha, as a woman wronged by the prince. Simha gives her shelter, but she devours him and the rest of his family, except the prince. She then returns to Ratnadeepa, where she devours the remaining 250 of Sinhala's followers. Sinhala succeeds his father as the king, and leads a military expedition to Ratnadeepa. He defeats the Yakkhinis, and establishes the kingdom of the Sinhalese.[2]

The Mahavamsa
version, the most detailed of the above-mentioned versions, is described below. Ancestry[edit] The king of Vanga (present-day Bengal) married a princess (named Mayavati in some versions) of the neighbouring Kalinga (present-day Odisha). The couple had a daughter named Suppadevi, who was prophesied to copulate with the king of beasts. As an adult, Princess Suppadevi left Vanga to seek an independent life. She joined a caravan headed for Magadha, but it was attacked by Sinha ("lion") in a forest of the Lala (or Lada) region. The Mahavamsa
mentions the "Sinha" as an animal, but some modern interpreters state that Sinha was the name of a beastly outlaw man living in the jungle. Lala is variously identified as an area in the Vanga-Kalinga region, or as Lata (a part of the present-day Gujarat).[3][5] Suppadevi fled during the attack, but encountered Sinha again. Sinha was attracted to her, and she also caressed him, thinking of the prophecy. Sinha kept Suppadevi locked in a cave, and had two children with her: a son named Sinhabahu
(or Sihabahu; "lion-armed") and a daughter named Sinhasivali (or Sihasivali). When the children grew up, Sinhabahu
asked his mother why she and Sinha looked so different. After his mother told him about her royal ancestry, he decided to go to Vanga. One day, when Sinha had gone out, Sinhabahu
escaped from the cave along with Suppadevi and Sinhasivali. The three reached a village, where they met a general of the Vanga Kingdom. The general happened to be a cousin of Suppadevi, and later married her. Meanwhile, Sinha started ravaging villages in an attempt to find his missing family. The King of Vanga announced a reward for anyone who could kill Sinha. Sinhabahu
killed his own father to claim the reward. By the time Sinhabahu
returned to the capital, the King of Vanga had died. Sinhabahu
was made the new king, but he later handed over the kingship to his mother's husband, the general. He went back to his birthplace in Lala, and founded a city called Sinhapura (or Sihapura). He married his sister Sinhasivali, and the couple had 32 sons in form of 16 pairs of twins. Vijaya ("victor") was their eldest son, followed by his twin Sumitta.[3][6] The location of Sinhapura is uncertain. It is variously identified with Sinhapura, Odisha
or Singur, West Bengal.[5] Those who identify the Lala kingdom with present-day Gujarat
place it in present-day Sihor.[7] Yet another theory identifies it with the Singupuram village near Srikakulam
in Andhra Pradesh.[8] Arrival in Sri Lanka[edit]

A section of the mural from Ajanta Caves
Ajanta Caves
17, depicts the "coming of Sinhala". Prince Vijaya
Prince Vijaya
is seen in both groups of elephants and riders.[1]

Vijaya was made the prince-regent by his father, but he and his band of followers became notorious for their violent deeds. After their repeated complaints failed to stop Vijaya's acts, the prominent citizens demanded that Vijaya be put to death. King Sinhabahu
then decided to expel Vijaya and his 700 followers from the kingdom. The men's heads were half-shaved and they were put on a ship that was sent forth on the sea. The wives and children of these 700 men were also sent on separate ships. Vijaya had his followers landed at a place called Supparaka; the women landed at a place called Mahiladipaka, and the children landed at a place called Naggadipa. Vijaya's ship later reached Lanka, in the area known as Tambapanni, on the same day Gautama Buddha
Gautama Buddha
died in northern India.[3][6] Those who believe that Vijaya set out from the west coat of India (i.e. Sinhapura was located in Gujarat) identify the present-day Sopara
as the location of Supparaka.[9] Those who believe that Sinhapura was located in Vanga-Kalinga region identify it with places located off the eastern coast of India. For example, S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar speculates that Supparaka might have been same as Sumatra.[10] According to Mahavamsa, after reaching heaven, the Gautama Buddha requested the lord of gods (identified as Indra) to protect Vijaya in Lanka, so that Buddhism
could flourish there. Indra
handed over the guardianship of Lanka to the lotus-colored god (Upulvan), who came to Lanka in the guise of an ascetic to protect Vijaya.[11][12] Wilhelm Geiger identifies the lotus-colored god with Vishnu; uppala being the blue lotus. Senarath Paranavithana
Senarath Paranavithana
identifies him with Varuna.[13] Vijaya tied a protective (paritta) thread on the hands of all his followers. Later, a Yakkhini (a female Yaksha) appeared before Vijaya's followers in form of a dog. One of the followers thought that the presence of a dog indicated the existence of a habitation, and went chasing her. After following her for some time, he saw a Yakkhini named Kuveni (or Kuvanna), who was spinning thread. Kuveni tried to devour him, but Vijaya's magical thread protected him. Unable to kill him, Kuveni hurled the follower into a chasm. She did the same thing to all the 700 followers. Meanwhile, Vijaya came to Kuveni's place, looking for his men. Vijaya overpowered her, and forced her to free his men. Kuveni asked Vijaya to spare her life, and in return, swore loyalty to him. She brought, for Vijaya and his followers, food and goods from the ships of the traders whom she had devoured earlier. Vijaya took Kuveni as his consort.[3][12] Establishment of the Tambapanni kingdom[edit] As Vijaya and Kuveni were sleeping, he woke up to sounds of music and singing. Kuveni informed him that the island was home to Yakkhas, who would kill her for giving shelter to Vijaya's men. She explained that the noise was because of wedding festivities in the Yakkha city of Sirisavatthu. With Kuveni's help, Vijaya defeated the Yakkhas. Vijaya and Kuveni had two children: Jivahatta and Disala. Vijaya established a kingdom, which was named Tambapanni ("copper-red hands"), because the men's hands were redenned by the red soil of the area. The members of the community established by Vijaya were called Sinhala after Sinhabahu.[3][12][14] Vijaya's ministers and other followers established several new villages. For example, Upatissa established Upatissagama on the bank of Gambhira river, north of Anuradhagama. His followers decided to formally consecrate him as a king, but for this he needed a queen of Aryan (noble) descent. Vijaya's ministers, therefore, sent emissaries with precious gifts to the city of Madhura, which was ruled by a Pandu king. (Madhura is identified with Madurai, a city in South India; Pandu is identified with the Pandyas). The king agreed to send his daughter as Vijaya's bride. He also requested other families to offer their daughters as brides for Vijaya's followers. Several families volunteered, and were adequately compensated by king with gifts. The Pandu king sent to Lanka his own daughter, other women (including a hundred maidens of noble descent), craftsmen, a thousand families of 18 guilds, elephants, horses, waggons, and other gifts. This group landed in Lanka, at a port known as Mahatittha.[3][12] Vijaya then requested Kuveni, his Yakkhini queen, to leave the community, saying that his citizens feared supernatural beings like her. He offered her money, and asked her to leave their two children behind. But Kuveni took the children along with her to the Yakkha city of Lankapura. She asked her children to stay back, as she entered the city, where other Yakkhas recognized her as a traitor. She was suspected of being a spy, and killed by a Yakkha. On advice of her maternal uncle, the children fled to Sumanakuta (identified with Adam's Peak). In the Malaya region of Lanka, they became husband-wife and gave rise to the Pulinda race (identified with the Vedda people; not to be confused with the Pulindas of India).[3][12] Meanwhile, Vijaya was consecrated as the king. The Pandu king's daughter became his queen, and other women were married to his followers according to their rank. He bestowed gifts on his ministers and his father-in-law. He gave up his evil ways, and ruled Lanka in peace and righteousness.[12] Last days[edit] Vijaya had no other children after Kuveni's departure. When he grew old, he became concerned that he would die heirless. So, he decided to bring his twin brother Sumitta from India, to govern his kingdom. He sent a letter to Sumitta, but by the time he could get a reply, he died. His ministers from Upatissagama then governed the kingdom for a year, while awaiting a reply. Meanwhile, in Sinhapura, Sumitta had become the king, and had three sons. His queen was a daughter of the king of Madda (possibly Madra). When Vijaya's messengers arrived, he was himself very old. So, he requested one of his sons to depart for Lanka. His youngest son, Panduvasdeva, volunteered to go. Panduvasdeva and 32 sons of Sumitta's ministers reached Lanka, where Panduvasdeva became the new ruler.[3][15] Significance[edit] Within Sri Lanka, the legend of Vijaya is a common political rhetoric used to explain the origin of the Sinhalese, and is often treated as a factual account of historical events. Sinhalese scholars such as K. M. de Silva have used the legend to propose an Indo-Aryan origin for the Sinhalese, thus distinguishing them from the Dravidian Tamils. At the same time, some Sinhalese authors have also used the myth to oppose Tamil secessionism, arguing that the Sinhalese and the Tamils
are one race, because their ancestors included the maidens sent by the Pandyan king of Madurai. Some Tamil nationalists, on the other hand, have claimed that their ancestors were the Yakkhas massacred by Vijaya. Tamil authors like Satchi Ponnambalam
Satchi Ponnambalam
have dismissed the legend as fiction aimed at justifying Sinhalese territorial claims in Lanka.[16] The various genetic studies on Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils
have offered differing conclusions. R.L. Kirk (1976), for example, concluded that the Sinhalese are genetically closest to the Bengali population of Bengal. N. Saha (1988), however, disagreed with Kirk's findings and concluded that the Sinhalese display a close genetic affinity with the Tamils.[17] See also[edit]

Tomb of Vijaya Sri Lankan place name etymology List of Sinhalese monarchs History of Sri Lanka


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External links[edit]

Codrington's Short History of Ceylon: The Beginnings Mahavamsa
chapters: The coming of Vijaya and The Consecrating of Vijaya.

Prince Vijaya House of Vijaya Born:  ? Died: ? 505 BC

Regnal titles

Preceded by Kuveni Queen of Heladipa King of Tambapanni 543 BC – 505 BC Succeeded by Upatissa Regent of the Kingdom of Upatissa Nuwara

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House of Vijaya

(543 BC-66)

Kingdom of Tambapanni (543 BC–505 BC)

Prince Vijaya
Prince Vijaya
(543 BC–505 BC)

Kingdom of Upatissa Nuwara (505 BC–377 BC)

Upatissa (505 BC–504 BC) Panduvasdeva (504 BC–474 BC) Abhaya (474 BC–454 BC) Tissa (454 BC–437 BC) Pandukabhaya (437 BC–377 BC)

Kingdom of Anuradhapura (377 BC–237 BC) (215 BC–205 BC) (161 BC–103 BC) (89 BC–66 AD)

Pandukabhaya (377 BC–367 BC) Mutasiva (367 BC–307 BC) Devanampiya Tissa (307 BC–267 BC) Uttiya (267 BC–257 BC) Mahasiva (257 BC–247 BC) Suratissa (247 BC–237 BC) Asela (215 BC–205 BC) Dutthagamani (161 BC–137 BC) Saddha Tissa (137 BC–119 BC) Thulatthana (119 BC–119 BC) Lanja Tissa (119 BC–109 BC) Khallata Naga (109 BC–104 BC) Valagamba (104 BC–103 BC)(89 BC–76 BC) Mahakuli Mahatissa (76 BC–62 BC) Chora Naga (62 BC–50 BC) Kuda Tissa (50 BC–47 BC) Siva I (47 BC–47 BC) Vatuka (47 BC–47 BC) Darubhatika Tissa (47 BC–47 BC) Niliya (47 BC–47 BC) Anula (47 BC–42 BC) Kutakanna Tissa (42 BC–20 BC) Bhatikabhaya Abhaya (20 BC–9 AD) Mahadathika Mahanaga (9–21) Amandagamani Abhaya (21–30) Kanirajanu Tissa (30–33) Chulabhaya (33–35) Sivali (35–35) Interregnum (35–38) Ilanaga (38–44) Chandamukha (44–52) Yassalalaka Tissa (52–60) Subharaja (60–66)


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Monarchs of the Sinhala Kingdom

List of monarchs

by reign

Queens Family tree Usurpers

Early kingdoms period House of Vijaya
House of Vijaya
(543–377 BC)

Vijaya (543–05 BC) Upatissa (505-04 BC) Panduvasdeva (504-474 BC) Abhaya (474-54 BC) Tissa (454-37 BC) Pandukabhaya (437-377 BC)

Anuradhapura period House of Vijaya
House of Vijaya
(377–237 BC) (215–205 BC) (161–103 BC) (89–66 AD) Chola invaders (237–215 BC) (205–161 BC) The Five Dravidians (103–89 BC) House of Lambakanna I (66–436) The Six Dravidians (436–463) House of Moriya (463–691) House of Lambakanna II (691–1017)

Pandukabhaya (377-67 BC) Mutasiva (367-07 BC) Devanampiya Tissa (307-267 BC) Uttiya (267-57 BC) Mahasiva (257-47 BC) Suratissa (247-37 BC) Sena and Guttika (237-15 BC) Asela (215-05 BC) Elara (205-161 BC) Dutugamunu
(161-37 BC) Saddha Tissa (137-19 BC) Thulatthana (119 BC) Lanja Tissa (119-09 BC) Khallata Naga (109-04 BC) Valagamba (104-03 BC) Pulahatta (103-100 BC) Bahiya (100-98 BC) Panya Mara (98-91 BC) Pilaya Mara (91-90 BC) Dathika (90-88 BC) Valagamba (89-76 BC) Mahakuli Mahatissa (76-62 BC) Chora Naga (62-50 BC) Kuda Tissa (50-47 BC) Siva I (47 BC) Vatuka (47 BC) Darubhatika Tissa (47 BC) Niliya (47 BC) Anula (47 BC) Kutakanna Tissa (42-20 BC) Bhatikabhaya Abhaya (20 BC-9 AD) Mahadathika Mahanaga (9-21) Amandagamani Abhaya (21-30) Kanirajanu Tissa (30-33) Chulabhaya (33-35) Sivali (35-35) Interregnum (35-38) Ilanaga (38-44) Chandamukha (44-52) Yassalalaka Tissa (52-60) Subharaja (60-66) Vasabha (66-110) Vankanasika Tissa (110-13) Gajabahu I (113-35) Mahallaka Naga (135-41) Bhatika Tissa (141-65) Kanittha Tissa (165-93) Cula Naga (193-95) Kuda Naga (195-96) Siri Naga I (196-215) Voharika Tissa (215-37) Abhaya Naga (237-45) Siri Naga II (245-47) Vijaya Kumara (247-48) Sangha Tissa I (248-52) Siri Sangha Bodhi I (252-54) Gothabhaya (254-67) Jettha Tissa I (267-77) Mahasena (277-304) Sirimeghavanna (304-32) Jettha Tissa II (332-41) Buddhadasa (341-70) Upatissa I (370-412) Mahanama (412-34) Soththisena (434-34) Chattagahaka Jantu (434-35) Mittasena (435-36) Pandu (436-41) Parindu (441) Khudda Parinda (441-47) Tiritara (447) Dathiya (447-50) Pithiya (450-52) Dhatusena (463-79) Kashyapa I (479-97) Moggallana I (497-515) Kumara Dhatusena (515-24) Kittisena (524) Siva II (524-25) Upatissa II (525-26) Silakala Ambosamanera (526-39) Dathappabhuti (539-40) Moggallana II (540-60) Kittisiri Meghavanna (560-61) Maha Naga (561-64) Aggabodhi I (564-98) Aggabodhi II (598-08) Sangha Tissa II (608) Moggallana III (608-14) Silameghavanna (614-23) Aggabodhi III (623) Jettha Tissa III (623-24) Aggabodhi III (624-40) Dathopa Tissa I (640-52) Kassapa II (652-61) Dappula I (661-64) Dathopa Tissa II (664-73) Aggabodhi IV (673-89) Unhanagara Hatthadatha (691) Manavanna (691-726) Aggabodhi V (726-32) Kassapa III (732-38) Mahinda I (738-41) Aggabodhi VI (741-81) Aggabodhi VII (781-87) Mahinda II (787-807) Dappula II (807-12) Mahinda III (812-16) Aggabodhi VIII (816-27) Dappula III (827-43) Aggabodhi IX (843-46) Sena I (846-66) Sena II (866-901) Udaya I (901-12) Kassapa IV (912-29) Kassapa V (929-39) Dappula IV (939-40) Dappula V (940-52) Udaya II (952-55) Sena III (955-64) Udaya III (964-72) Sena IV (972-75) Mahinda IV (975-91) Sena V (991-1001) Mahinda V (1001-17)

Chola occupation of Anuradhapura Chola dynasty
Chola dynasty

Rajendra Chola I
Rajendra Chola I
(1017-44) Rajadhiraja Chola
Rajadhiraja Chola
(1044-54) Rajendra Chola II (1054-63) Virarajendra Chola
Virarajendra Chola
(1063-70) Athirajendra Chola (1070) Kulottunga I
Kulottunga I

Polonnaruwa period House of Vijayabahu (1055–1187), (1197–1200) (1209–1210), (1211–1212) House of Kalinga (1187–1197), (1200–1209) Lokissara (1210–1211), Pandyan dynasty
Pandyan dynasty
(1212–1215) Kalinga (1215–1232)

Vijayabahu I (1055–1110) Jayabahu I (1110–11) Vikramabahu I (1111–32) Gajabahu II (1132–53) Parakramabahu I
Parakramabahu I
(1153–86) Vijayabahu II (1186–87) Mahinda VI (1187) Nissanka Malla (1187–96) Vira Bahu I (1196) Vikramabahu II (1196) Chodaganga (1196–97) Lilavati (1197-1200) Sahassa Malla (1200–02) Kalyanavati (1202–08) Dharmasoka (1208–09) Anikanga (1209) Lilavati (1209-10) Lokissara (1210-11) Lilavati (1211-12) Parakrama Pandya (1212–15) Kalinga Magha
Kalinga Magha

Transitional period House of Siri Sanga Bo
House of Siri Sanga Bo

Vijayabahu III (1232-36) Parakramabahu II (1236-70) Vijayabahu IV (1270-72) Bhuvanaikabahu I (1272-84) Interregnum (1285-86) Parakramabahu III (1287-93) Bhuvanaikabahu II (1293-1302) Parakramabahu IV (1302-26) Bhuvanaikabahu III (1326-35) Vijayabahu V (1335-41) Bhuvanaikabahu IV (1341-51) Parakramabahu V (1344-59) Vikramabahu III (1357-74) Bhuvanaikabahu V (1371-1408) Vira Bahu II (1391/92-1397) Vijayabahu VI (1397-1409) Parakramabahu Epa (1409-1412) Parakramabahu VI (1411-1466) Jayabahu II (1466-69) Bhuvanaikabahu VI (1469-77) Parakramabahu VII (1477) Parakramabahu VIII (1477-89) Parakramabahu IX (1489-1505)

Crisis of the Sixteenth Century House of Siri Sanga Bo
House of Siri Sanga Bo

of Kotte: Parakramabahu IX (1505-13) Vijayabahu VII (1513-21) Bhuvanaikabahu VII (1521-51) Dharmapala (1551-97)

of Sitawaka: Mayadunne (1521-81) Rajasinha I (1581-93) Rajasuriya (1593-94)

Kandyan period House of Dinajara (1591–1739) Nayaks of Kandy
Nayaks of Kandy

Vimaladharmasuriya I (1591-1604) Senarat (1604-35) Rajasinha II (1635-87) Vimaladharmasuriya II (1687-1707) Vira Narendra Sinha (1707-39) Sri Vijaya Rajasinha (1739-47) Kirti Sri Rajasinha (1747-82) Sri Rajadhi Rajasinha (1782-98) Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815)

Italics indicate regent.


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