The present king Periyapulle alias Vegarajasekeram, had a son. He was a young prince, but he had been sentenced to death. This prince had been saved by a person named Simon Sinnyo. A painting
depicting this incident
had been discovered
in the Maha Saman
Devale in the Sabaragamuwa
district. The painting
is done on stone.
King Pararajasekeram, who tried to flee, through fear of the Portuguese army, was captured by the Portuguese. He was beheaded.
Quite a number of
people, who were serving in positions connected to the palace of this king, were captured and imprisoned. At this juncture, the Portuguese got the opportunity to claim money, jewellery and even valuable
utensils of the king.
The commander-in-chief, Andro de Mandoza then advised the people of this area to conduct their
day-to day affairs well.
He summoned the chiefs
of Jaffna and held a
discussion. After that he issued an order.
Later on, he got the chiefs to promise that they would protect the law of the country and uphold their customs and manners. He requested them to accept the king of Portugal as their king too. These conditions were accepted by both parties. They swore to abide by them. Therefore the commander-in-chief acting on the advice of his counselors brought the prince, who was saved by Simon Sinnyo and made him king.
the son of Periyapulle alias Vegarajasekaram was named Hendarmanasinghe. He was crowned under the name, Pararajasekara. The Portuguese gave this king a platoon of soldiers and a mercenary army to see to his safety. This king was ever grateful to the Portuguese for saving his life and gaining the throne for him. He saw to it that he ruled Jaffna until his death, forever remaining faithful to the Portuguese.
It was between
1591 AD – 1615AD that King Pararajasekera ruled Jaffna. There were a few important people who opposed him. A plot was hatched by King Wimaladharmasuriya and the king of Tanjore to bring another prince to the throne of Jaffna. An army was sent from Tanjore, to help the rebels. But as this army was caught by the enemy, when they were on their way, the plan had to be abandoned.
The king gave
permission to the Franciscan priests to build churches in Jaffna. They somehow suspected that the king of Jaffna had some connection with the king of Kandy. Meanwhile as Sitawaka Rajasinghe had no son to succeed him, the kingdom had no king for sometime. Trouble arose regarding kingship. During this time, the most important person in the island was Aritta Kivendu.
He was a ‘Sannasi’ who came from India.
He somehow won the heart of King Rajasinghe and obtained an important post in the army as a
He got his name changed to Manampperuma Mohottala. He was planning to grab the throne of Sitawaka. By this time, the people had made a grandson of King Rajasinghe, the king of Sitawaka. He was Rajasuriya by name.
With the connivance of Manamperruma, Rajasuriya was put to death. Thereafter, a
sister of King Rajasinghe, Princess Maha Biso Bandara, took the power into her hands. She was the widow of Commander Veediya Bandara.
She was also named Princess Suriya.