King Subha
60 - 66
AssasinatedKing Vasabha
66 - 110
AgeingKing Vankanasika Tissa
110 - 113
King Vasabha
House of Lambakarna I | Anuradhapura - (66 - 110)
Vasabha (Sinhala: වසභ) was a monarch of the Anuradhapura period of Sri Lanka. He is considered to be the pioneer of the construction of large-scale irrigation works in Sri Lanka to support paddy cultivation. 11 reservoirs and 12 canals were constructed during his reign. He also constructed several Buddhist temples in addition to renovating already existing ones. Vasabha started a new dynasty in the history of Sri Lankan monarchs, having seized the throne after killing Subharaja, the then ruler of Anuradhapura.
 
Vasabha, born to a family of a clan named Lambakanna, spent his childhood in a village in the North of the country working for his uncle who was a general in the king's army. The ruler of the country at this time was Subharaja, who was informed by soothsayers that one named Vasabha would defeat him and become king. To avoid this, Subharaja ordered everyone in the country bearing that name to be killed. Vasabha's uncle tried to take him to the king under the pretext of taking him to join the king's service. However, he was saved by Pottha, the wife of his uncle, who told him about the king's decision. He went into hiding followed this, and gathered an army in secret.
 
Having eventually raised an army, Vasabha led a rebellion against the king, and subsequently seized the throne in 67 AD after killing Subharaja and his uncle. He ruled for 44 years, until his death in 111 AD.His ascension to the throne marked the beginning of a new dynasty of rulers, known as the First Lambakanna Dynasty after the name of his clan.
 
The ancient chronicle Mahavamsa states that he constructed eleven reservoirs and twelve canals to distribute water from them. His most notable construction is the Alahara canal, which originally had a length of about 30 miles (48 km). It was created by damming the Amban river, and was used to divert water in a westerly direction for agricultural use. The reservoirs at Mahavilachchiya and Nochchipotana, which have both been identified as constructions of Vasabha, have a circumference of about 2 miles (3.2 km). Due to such constructions, Vasabha pioneered the construction of large irrigation works in the country.
 
Having been told by a soothsayer that he would live only for twelve more years, Vasabha became a devout Buddhist and performed many meritorious acts in an effort to prolong his life. He constructed several Buddhist temples, and renovated others. Among his constructions are the vatadage at Thuparama and some additions to the Mahavihara
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SonKing Vankanasika Tissa110 - 113
Grand SonKing Gajabahu I113 - 135
WORKS
Special Incidents1
Religious15
Social2
Irrigation13
Killed King Subha
වසර තුනකට වරක් සියළුම සඟුනට සිවුරු පිදීය.
ප්‍රදේශ 64ක දාන දෙන ලදී.
සෑගිරිය, ථූපාරාමය, මහා සෑය සහ ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධියේ දහසක් පහන් පූජා පැවැත්විය.
සිතුල් පව්ව විහාරයේ දාගැබ් 10ක් ඉදි කරවීය.
Built Mahawalli Gonu Viharaya
Built Maagama Anuradharama Viharaya
Built Muwela Viharaya
කුදුගල විහාරයේ පොහොය ගෙය ඉදි කරවීය.
ඉසුරුමුණි විහාරයේ පොහොය ගෙය ඉදි කරවීය.
ථූපාරාම විහාරයේ දා ගෙය ඉදි කරවීය.
මහාසෑයේ පිරිවෙන් කිහිපයක් ඉදි කරවීය.
Built Vallisera Viharaya
මහා විහාරයේ සතරැස් ශාලාව ඉදි කරවීය.
මහා විහාරයේ බෝ මළුවේ පිළිම ගෙයක් ඉදි කරවීය.
අනුරාධපුර සතර දොරටුවෙහි දිළින්දන්ට "දිළිඳු වැටුප්" දෙන ලදී.
අනුරාධපුර සතර දොරටුවෙහි ගිලන් සංඝයාට "ගිලන් වැටුප් " දෙන ලදී.
Built Maseth Tank
Built Agniwaddamanawapi Tank (Habarana Tank)
Built Mahanikkawatti Tank (Manankutiya Tank)
Built Kohalavapi Tank (Konahala Tank near Mannarama)
Built Kaliwapi Tank (Kaliyavadana Tank)
Buil Mahavapi Tank (Nochchiyagama Tank)
Built Wayanthiwapi Tank (Mahavilachchiya Tank)
Built Kolombagamaka Tank
Built Ambiti Tank
Built Magama Tank 1
Built Magama Tank 2
Built Aleesara Brook ( Alahera Ela)
Built another 11 brooks (Not found yet)
උමන්ජලවාතිකා හෙවත් ජලනල පද්ධති ඇති කළේය.
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