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Vohārikatissa

King of Sri Lanka (269‑91 A.C.). He was the son of Sirināga and his name was Tissa.

He was called “Vohārika” because of his knowledge of law and tradition; he repealed the penalty of bodily injury. He patronized Deva Thera of Kappukagāma and Mahātissa of Anurārāma.

He built the Sattapaṇṇaka-pāsāda, and erected parasols on eight thūpas and walls round six vihāras. (For details see Mhv.xxxvi.33 f ).

On days when the Mahā-Ariyavaṃsa Sutta was being read, he held almsgiving throughout Sri Lanka.

He suppressed the Vetullavāda heresy with the help of his minister Kapila. He was killed by his brother, Abhayanāga. Mhv.xxxvi.27 ff.

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