king who personally attended on his mother
King Udaya was a righteous king. He did a lot for the development
of the country. He passed away in 801 AD. He was succeeded by his
son, Prince Mahinda. He was crowned as Mahinda 111. He had the highest
regard for Buddhism and ruled the country in the way the righteous
kings of the past did. Because of the pious conduct of this king,
he was named 'Dharmika Silamegha'.
The period of his rule was only about three years. He died in 804AD.
He was succeeded by his brother, Prince Aggabodhi. He was crowned
as Aggabodhi V111. He was also a very religious king. He got a Pirivena
erected in the name of his father and brother. He was engaged in
a lot of meritorious deeds. He prohibited the bringing of fish,
meat and liquor into the inner city on Poya days.
King Aggabodhi loved his mother so much, that he himself wanted
to attend on her. He had the habit of giving her a bath, early in
the morning. He applied oil on her head, puts fresh clothes on her
and even adorned her with flowers. It was he who fed the mother
too. Then he worshipped the mother three times. After the mother
had eaten, it is the left-over food, the king used to partake of.
The king gave every comfort to his mother. As long as his mother
lived, he treated her in this manner. He did everything with his
own hands and he was very happy about it.
king had strange ways. One day, he had addressed one of his workers
as 'servant' and was sorry for using that word on him. So he called
him and begged pardon from him. He did not stop at that. He wanted
the man to address the king as 'servant', and humiliate him. This
man did not like to do so. How could he address the king like that?
But when the king went on pressuring him to say so, he did, shivering
in fear. Once the king heard these words he was satisfied.
The king thought, it was an evil act on his part, to have called
that worker a 'servant'. To make amends for what he did, he wanted
his mother to offer him (the king ) to the Sangha. The mother refused
to do it. When he went on and on, asking her to do so, she had to
offer him to the Sangha, as a servant. Later on, the king offered
a lot of wealth to the Sangha and got himself redeemed.
This pious king ruled for 11 years. He passed away in 815 AD. He
was succeeded by his younger brother, Prince Dappula. He was crowned
as Dappula 11. He is said to have repaired a number of Buddhist
viharas. He has offered a Buddha statue, made of gold to the Jetavana
During this time, the ruler of the South, was King Dappula 11's
brother-in-law, Prince Mahinda by name. He is said to have been
a very strict person. When he found his sons turning out to be rude
and obstinate, he chased them away. They then sought refuge in the
uncle, Dappula 11. He welcomed them very warmly.