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Rājasīha

1. Rājasīha I.– King of Sri Lanka (1581‑93 A.C.). He was the son of Māyādhanu. It is said that at the age of eleven he was distinguished for his bravery. He gained the throne by defeating the Portuguese. His capital was at Sītāvaka. Later, he slew his father, and, when the monks declared that it was impossible to atone for such a heinous crime, he turned against them, gave the revenues from Samantakūṭa to the Saivite priests, slew the monks, and burned their sacred books. Cv.xciii.3 ff; he was held in great fear and is now worshipped as a god; Cv. Trs.ii.226, n.1.

2. Rājasīha II.– Youngest son of King Senāratana. He dispossessed his brother and became king; many stories of his prowess are related. (e.g., Cv.xcvi.7 ff). He reigned for fifty-two years (1635‑87 A.C.), and his capital was at Sirivaḍḍhanapura. He obtained wives from the royal family at Madhurā. In his time, the Dutch came to Sri Lanka and exacted tribute. His son was Vimaladhammasūriya. Cv.xcv.23; xcvi.3 ff; xcix.109.

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