Lanka and her ancestry
Posted on July 6th, 2016

Professor Nishan Wijesinha (Professor of Paramedics & LAW; and Divinity and Holistic Science)

Long time ago, India consisted of many countries. Vanga was one of the countries in India at that time. The king of Vanga (present-day Bengal) married a princess named Mayavati of the Kalinga country (present-day Odisha). The couple had a daughter named Suppadevi. She was thought to be in the Hindu culture an extremely beautiful goddess. As an adult at sixteen those-days, Princess Suppadevi left Vanga to seek an independent life. She joined a caravan headed for Magadha; but it was attacked by Sinha a beastly jungle outlaw as of Robin-hood of the Sherwood Forest. Sinha was attracted to her, and she also caressed him.

All effort to find the Princess failed. Years later, the princess had twins, a son and a daughter. The son was named Sinhabahu” and the daughter was named Sinhasivali”.

The King of Vanga announced a reward for anyone who could kill Sinha; through a general of the Vanga Kingdom. Sinhabahu killed his own father to claim the reward. By the time Sinhabahu returned to the capital, the King of Vanga had died. Sinhabhau was made the new king, but he later handed over the kingship to his mother’s new husband, the general.

Sinhabhau founded a city called Sinhapura and married his sister Sinhasivali, They had 32 sons in form of 16 pairs of twins. Vijaya was their eldest son, followed by his twin Sumitta.

Vijaya was made the prince-regent by his father, but he and his band of followers became notorious for their violent deeds of looting and rape. After repeated attempts to stop Vijaya’s acts failed; the prominent citizens demanded that Vijaya be put to death. Then King Sinhabahu decided to expel Vijaya and his 700 followers from the kingdom. The men’s heads were half-shaved and they were put on a ship that was sent forth on the sea.

Vijaya and followers was harbored at Thammanna coast in Lanka; and was held as prisoners in the first ever recorded banishment prison then located in Lanka; by King Maha Kalasena’s most beautiful queen and general of the forces Kuweni.

Thammanna kingdom is considered as the first kingdom of Lanka and the prehistory of Sri Lanka begins at this point too.

Kuweni was supporsed to be beautiful and full of grace and being just sixteen; fell to the handsome looks of Vijaya.

Vijaya was then able to defeat King Maha Kalasena and to get the crown and rule the country of the Theravada Sinhalese with the help of Kuweni who became the wife of Vijaya.

Vijaya and Kuveni had two children, Jeewahaththa and Disala.

During this time Vijaya’s Ministers build cities by their names and also propagated Hinduism.

Minister Anuradha built Anuradhagama which later became Anuradhapura.

Ministers Uruwela, Vijitha and Upatissa built villages and named them after their names. (Upatissa Gama later became Panduwas Nuwara).

Vijaya’s Ministers wanted Vijaya to become a Hindu King.

Vijaya’s ministers, therefore, sent emissaries with precious gifts to the city of Madhura; which is Madurai State of South India as of today, which was then ruled by a Pandu king.

Madhura is identified with current Madurai State in South India.

Vijaya betrays Kuweni; and eventually kills her; and the Pandu king’s daughter becomes his queen; as Vijaya gets coroneted as a Hindu King; and reigns for 38 years.

[With this coronation, Eastern and the Northern Maritime Provinces of Sri Lanka becomes one Hindu Dominion.]

In the Meantime, on advice of Kuweni’s maternal uncle, the two children are secretly sent to Malaya Rata; which is later identified as the Kandyan Kingdom; where the two marries each other and brings the birth of a puritan Sinhala Race through their offspring, and followers.

Meanwile Vijaya had no other children after Kuveni’s death.

And when he grew old, he became concerned that he would die heirless. So, he decided to bring his twin brother Sumitta from India, to govern his kingdom. He sent a letter to Sumitta.

But by the time he could get a reply, he died. His ministers from Upatissagama then governed the kingdom for a year, while awaiting a reply.

Meanwhile, in Sinhapura, Sumitta had become the king, and had three sons. His queen was a daughter of the king of Madda that is of Madra. So, he requested one of his sons to depart for Lanka.

His youngest son, Panduvasdeva, volunteered to go.

Panduvasdeva and 32 sons of Sumitta’s Ministers reached Lanka, where Panduvasdeva became the new ruler.

King Panduwasdeva ruled the country keeping Upathissagama as the capital. He also needed an Indian high cast princess for his coronation. The princess “Badrakachchana” who came as his wife was a close relative of Gautama Buddha, as her grandfather was King Suddhodana (father of Gautama Buddha).

From henceforth was the merger back with the Theravada Sinhalese.

At the same time, Chauvinist Sinhalese authors even of the Mahavamsa have used the mythology to oppose Tamil secessionism; to safeguard patriotism; which has eventually diluted the historical truth; of Lanka and her ancestry.

 

3 Responses to “Lanka and her ancestry”

  1. Ramanie Says:

    What a professor! This is a professor in paramedics (medical), law, divinity & holistic science (Christian evangelism???)!!! -Deleted-

    Professor is talking about ‘Theravada Sinhalese’- I know of Theravada Buddhists- but this is new! So, this is the undiluted truth- Sri Lanka is really a South Indian (Tamil) Hindu country)!!!!

  2. Dilrook Says:

    What complete nonsense!

    If Sinhalese came from Bengal, Orissa or Gujarat as the lion story says, we should be speaking Bengali, Oriya or Gujarati. But we have our own language, culture and even religion. It can happen under only one condition – Sinhalese must have originated in Sri Lanka.

    Obviously all humans originated in Africa. Sri Lanka had its share of humans coming from Africa transiting through Asia. That happened during prehistoric times when language and race was not there. Humans thus came settled down in the island and over time developed their own ethnic group called Sinhala.

    Please note Mahawamsa tells the lion story as a myth not as a fact.

    The Pandava King said to be ruling from Mathura has 2 possible references. It can be the north Indian Kingdom of Pandavan kings whose capital was Mathura. Or it can be the South Indian Mathurai which was the Pandyan capital. Mahavamsa calls them Pandyans, not Pandavas.

    There is no evidence to say Wijaya was a Hindu king. In fact there is no evidence of Hinduism in ancient Sri Lanka. Before Buddhism arrived, Lankans worshiped their ancestors, not aliens.

    Wijaya’s ministers did not create any city. Wijaya’s rule was confined to Mannar only. It was Sumitta’s ministers that established larges cities in places where large cities already existed.

    Nowhere it says Wijaya’s children married each other or their generations were Sinhalese. On the contrary, Mahavamsa and other notes clearly say there were people in Lanka long before Wijaya’s arrival. Please refer to Mahabharata on ancient tribes of Lanka and north India – Yakka, Naga, Deva, Kinnara, etc. They all relate to north Indian tribes, not south Indian.

    Mahabharata also refers to Sinhala people and Sinhala army from the island of Lanka participating in Kurukshetra war over 2,500 years before Wijaya arrived. If what the Mahawamsa calls a myth is to be believed, Mahabharata myths are equally valid. For the record, there is no reference of Tamils in Mahabharata in that historical event.

    Sri Lanka has absolutely no Tamil inscriptions, artwork or historical records of indigenous origin. That proves not only there was no Tamil homeland in the island but also Tamils didn’t live in the island in sizable numbers to form a distinct community.

    Get your facts right Nishan.

  3. . Says:

    Dear Editor of Lanka-web;

    I know it is of good intentions that you have opened a forum for those who read the articles on Lanka Web to give their feed backs; on a very authentic platform.
    But the responses there are very abusive and false which has limited understanding of the original articles.
    For an example the written responses given by persons by the names of firstly, Ramanie and secondly, by Dilrook; are very abusive, to my article “Lanka and her ancestry” http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/07/06/lanka-and-her-ancestry/
    This is really uncalled-for and it is totally abusive.
    My article is a clear cut foundation to Theravada Sinhalese Origin Before the Landing of the banished Vijaya and his men on the island of Lanka.
    Theravada Sinhalese means that the Gautama Buddha Followers of its origin in Lanka.
    Person by the name of Ramanie has even abused my portfolios. This clearly shows the malignancy shown to correct truths and facts given by prominent personalities such as my self for the benefit and the development of a noble society.
    Please take necessary stringent action against such corrupt responses.

    Thanking You,

    Professor Nishan C. Wijesinha (Professor of Paramedics and LAW and Divinity and Holistic Science); For a chain of International Universities on per subject grounds of formalities).

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