article is part of a continuing series on the 'Mahavamsa', the
recorded chronicle of Sri Lankan history
The sons of Ruhuna
1. King Sena 1 welcomed and entertained
the princes and princesses, who came from Ruhuna. They were provided
with accommodation. They were looked after as children of his own.
The three sons were given a military training. They on their part,
were obedient to the king and won the hearts of everybody in the
palace. Time passed peacefully.
2. The eldest of these princes,
was named Kashyapa. King Sena called him and said, "Son, you
should inherit the administration of Ruhuna. It's time you asserted
yourself." The prince who was also thinking how he could get
power in the south, was happy to hear this. This was an unexpected
fortune. He made arrangements to get to his birthplace.
3. He went and met King Sena and
said, "O, great King, I'm now prepared to go to the South."
the king gave him permission and gave an army too. He advised the
prince to defeat the aunt, take over power and rule Ruhuna well.
He further advised him to treat his subjects as his children and
be a father figure to them. Prince Kashyapa couldn't help shedding
tears. He said, "When we came to you through fear of our lives,
you treated us like children of your own. We are deeply indebted
4. The king then said, "Son,
do not think about these things now. I'm not alone here, as I have
your sisters and brothers with me here. You think of somehow establishing
your power. Go ahead now. Victory will be yours." The king
wished him luck. Prince Kashyapa went to the South, accompanied
by the army. The aunt who heard about his arrival got greatly disturbed
and came to fight him.
5. There followed a serious battle.
Prince Kashyapa won. The aunt died. Kashyapa became the ruler of
the South. The he got down his two brothers from Anuradhapura. They
were Sena and Udaya. They were also made provincial rulers of the
South. The lived in peace and happiness.
6. Meanwhile, the sisters who
were in Anuradhapura, grew up to be pretty, young ladies. The elder
one was named Sangha. King Sena had given her the part of 'Rajini'
and she was married to the 'Yuva-raja'. The other two princesses
were named Tissa and Kitthie. The Yuvaraj's brother, Prince Mihindu
took both of them as his wives.
7. King Sena did his duty by these
two princesses too. He gave a lot of wealth to them. King Sena was
a righteous man and loved to get engaged in meritorious deeds. When
a part of the Jetavana temple was damaged by the enemy, this king
renovated it. His queen was also Sangha by name and she too was
8. In 887
AD, King Sena died. It was his brother's son who succeeded him.
He was Prince Sena, the son of Kashyapa who died earlier. He was
holding the post of Yuvaraja, at the time of the death of King Sena.
He was crowned as King Sena 11. This king appointed his brother,
Prince Mihindu, as the over-all ruler of the South. He was also
made the Yuvaraja.