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Dappula

1. Dappula.– Second son of Mahātissa and Saṅghasivā, his brothers being Aggabodhi and Maṇi-akkhika. Among his sons was Mānavamma, and it was with his help that he became King Dappula I on the death of Kassapa II. However, he reigned in Anurādhapura for only seven days, after which Hatthadāṭha (Dāṭhopatissa II) captured the throne. Dappula thereupon retired to Rohaṇa and ruled as king there for three years (650‑3 A.C.) His wife was the daughter of Silādāṭha (Silāmeghavaṇṇa) (Cv.xlv, 16‑22, 36 ff, 51 ff). Dappula was a very pious follower of the Buddha and erected many vihāras, repaired others, and made an image of Metteyya, fifteen cubits high. (For details of his doings see Cv.xli.53 ff). He died from grief at the death of his son Mānavamma, who was killed by Hatthadāṭha.

2. Dappula.– Nephew of Aggabodhi VI. When Mahinda II succeeded Aggabodhi VII, Dappula rose against him, but, in spite of several attempts, failed to overcome him. He thereupon retired to Rohaṇa where he ruled, having formed a treaty with Mahinda. Some time later, he made another attempt to win the throne and fought to fierce battle at Mahā-ummāra, where he was defeated and forced to flee (CV.xlviii.90, 98, 109, 122, 125, 131, 155 f).

3. Dappula.– Younger brother of Aggabodhi VIII, whom he succeeded to the throne as Dappula II, (812–28 A.C.) He had a General (senāpati) called Vajira and a daughter named Devā. His sister was married to Mahinda, ruler of Rohaṇa, and Dappula adopted Mahinda’s sons when they were driven away by their father. Dappula rebuilt the Hatthikucchi°, Vāhadīpa° and Lāvarāvapabbata-vihāras, and enlarged the Mahāpāḷi Hall, in addition to various other acts of piety. Cv.xlix.65.

4. Dappula.– A nephew of King Dappula II and brother of Kittaggabodhi (Cv.xlix.72).

5. Dappula.– Yuvarājā of Kassapa V, and afterwards his successor as Dappula III. He reigned for only seven months (in 923 A.C.) (Cv.lii.42; liii.1).

6. Dappula.– Yuvarājā of Dappula III and afterwards king, Dappula IV (923‑34 A.C.). During his reign the Paṇḍu king came to Sri Lanka to seek his help against the Coḷā. Dappula was willing to help him but was opposed by his mother. Dappula’s commander was Rakkhaka Iḷaṅga, who built a dwelling called after the king. Cv.liii.4‑12.

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