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Dāṭhāsiva

1. Dāṭhāsiva.– A thera held in high esteem by Aggabodhi I (Cv.xlii.22). Geiger (Cv.Trs.i.67, n.8) thinks he probably held some sort of position in the king’s court, corresponding to that of a priest (purohita).

2. Dāthāsiva.– Minister of Jeṭṭhatissa III. He was captured by the forces of Aggabodhi III at Māyetti, but later regained his freedom and was sent by Jetthatissa to India to cut off Aggabodhi’s rearward communications. When Jeṭṭhatissa committed suicide and Aggabodhi was once more king, Dāṭhāsiva returned to Sri Lanka, defeated Aggabodhi and became king as Dāṭhopatissa. However, his reign was insecure and he was constantly having to flee. He was very rapacious and plundered the temples. Later, to make amends, he built the Sākavatthu-vihāra and restored the Thūpārāma. In the end he fled to India from Kassapa II, but returned later and fought a battle in which he was killed (Cv.xliv.128 ff). He had a nephew, Hatthadāṭha (Cv.xliv.155), who became known as Bhāgineyya-Dāṭhopatissa. The prince Bodhi and the princess Lokitā were descendants of Dāṭhopatissa (Cv.lvii.40).

3. Dāthāsiva.– A thera, resident of Nāgasālā; he was very learned and held in great esteem by Aggabodhi IV (Cv.xlvi.6).

4. Dāthāsiva.– Uparājā of Aggabodhi IV. He was captured and imprisoned by Potthakuṭṭha. Cv.xlvi.40.

5. Dāthāsiva.– An ādipāda, ruler of Rohaṇa. His son was Mahinda, who quarrelled with him and, with the king’s help, drove him to India and took possession of Rohaṇa. Cv.xlix.10.

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