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Kings of Sri Lanka 131AD to 238AD

May 29th, 2008

Mahallaka Naga: (131 AD – 137 AD)

After King Gajabahuka Gamini’s death his father in law Mahallaka Naga (Old Naga) came to power. Mahallaka Naga constructed seven Viharas during his short time as the King.
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Kings of Sri Lanka 62 AD – 131 AD

May 29th, 2008

King Vasabha First Lambakanna King (62 AD – 106 AD)

King Vasabha after capturing power from Subha, asked the fortune teller who predicted his ascension to power how long would he rule the country. The fortune teller said he would rule the country for twelve years. Unhappy with this prediction, King Vasabha asked Mahasangha, how to prolong his life. Mahasangha stated by conducting meritorious deeds, he would be able to prolong his life. Hearing this, King started a major campaign to construct temples and reservoirs. He had thousand lamps lighted in Mahathupa, Thuparama, Great Bodhi Tree and Chetiya Pabbatha. He restored many ruined Viharas and stupas. He built a huge wall around the city to protect it from enemy attack. (According to Mahavamsa Tika, the wall was approximately 27 feet high). Continue Reading »

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Kings of Lanka (77 BC – 62 AD)

May 28th, 2008

Choranaga: (63 BC – 51 BC)

After the death of Mahachuli, Choranaga became the King of the country.

Destruction of Buddhist Temples:
After becoming the ruler, Choranaga’s very first act was to destroy the eighteen Viharas that did not provide him refuge while in hiding.

(Author’s Note: Choranaga can be considered as the very first King to destroy Buddhist Viharas).

Baminitiya Saaya – (Baminitiya Famine)
According to Rajavaliya, major famine known as “Baminitiya saaya” occurred in the country. Many people died from it. Mahavamsa is silent on Baminitiya famine.

Story of Anula Devi (Queen Anula):
Choranaga’s first wife was Anula Devi. She poisoned Choranaga to death.
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