A clan (gotta) mentioned in the Chronicles as being among the inhabitants of Sri Lanka. The Lambakaṇṇā had, probably, certain duties to perform in connection with the consecration of a king.¹ We find that Iḷanāga, when he went to take his ceremonial bath in Tissavāpi, was enraged on finding that the Lambakaṇṇā were not there. As a punishment, he ordered them to work at the remaking of a road along the bank of the reservoir, leading to the Mahā Thūpa, and set outcastes (caṇḍāla) to supervise them. Full of anger, the Lambakaṇṇā rose in revolt and seized the throne. Three years later the king returned from exile, and, having defeated the Lambakaṇṇā, made them drag his chariot in triumphal procession. When he proposed to behead them his mother intervened, and he contented himself with having their noses and toes cut off (Mhv.xxxv.18 ﬀ).
The Lambakaṇṇā were evidently a powerful clan, and several members of the clan ruled as kings of Sri Lanka — e.g., Vasabha, Saṅghatissa, Saṅghabodhi, and Goṭhābhaya, the last three of whom came from Mahiyangana and seized the throne from Vijayakumāra (Mhv.xxxvi.58 ﬀ). Between the reign of Kittisirimegha and the Coḷiyan conquest in 1017 A.C. — i.e., between the third and the eleventh centuries — out of thirty-
The name may have had a totemistic origin, but according to some Singhalese Chronicles (e.g., the Saddharmaratnākara and the Pārakumbā-
In Sri Lanka, the Lambakaṇṇā had settlements in Rohaṇa. See, e.g., AA.i.262.