King Khallata Naga
BC 109 - BC 104
AssasinatedKing Walagamba
BC 104 - BC 103 | BC 89 - BC 76 |
EscapedPulahaththa
BC 103 - BC 100
Dathiya
BC 90 - BC 89
AssasinatedKing Walagamba
BC 104 - BC 103 | BC 89 - BC 76 |
AgeingKing Mahasilu Mahathissa
BC 76 - BC 62
King Walagamba
House of Vijaya | Anuradhapura - (BC 104 - BC 103)
Valagamba, also known as Vattagamani Abhaya and Valagambahu, was a king of the Anuradhapura Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Five months after becoming king, he was overthrown by a rebellion and an invasion from South India, but regained the throne by defeating the invaders after fourteen years. He is also known for the construction of the Abhayagiri Dagaba.
 
Valagamba was the fourth son of King Saddha Tissa, the brother of Dutthagamani. His three elder brothers Thulatthana, Lanja Tissa and Khallata Naga ruled the country before him. A General of the army named Kammaharattaka (Maharattaka) killed Khallatanaga, the last of them and seized power. Valagamba in turn killed Kammaharattaka and took the throne himself in 103 BC.
 
He kept Mahaculika, the son of Khallatanaga, as his own son, and took Anuladevi, Mahaculika's mother, as his queen. He also had another queen named Somadevi.
 
Five months after his coronation as king, a Brahmin in Rohana named Tissa rebelled against him. At the same time, an invading army from South India led by seven Tamil leaders landed in Mahatittha. Tissa and the seven Tamil leaders all sent messages to Valagamba, telling him to hand over power to them. Valagamba informed the Brahmin Tissa that the kingdom will be his and told him to defeat the invading army. Accepting this, Tissa tried to fight but was defeated by the Tamils.
 
After this, the seven Tamil leaders waged war against Valagamba, and defeated him after a battle at Kolambalaka. While the king was fleeing in a chariot, a nirgrantha (Jain named Giri shouted that the king was fleeing. Valagamba resolved to build a temple there, and later built the Abhayagiriya after he regained the throne.When the pursuers were gaining on them, Queen Somadevi got down from the chariot to lighten it and give the king a chance to escape, and was captured.
 
Valagamba, in hiding, organized a large army in order to attack Anuradhapura and defeat the invading army. However, a rift between him and his ministers resulted in them leaving him and thus weakening the army.However, the sangha brought about a reconciliation and Valagamba resumed his preparations for attacking Anuradhapura.
 
In 89 BC, Valagamba regained the throne after defeating Dathika, the last of the invading Tamil leaders, and ruled the country for twelve years until his death in 77 BC.[4] He sent for Somadevi and restored her as queen, and built a temple named Somarama in her honour.
 
The king built Abhayagiri Dagaba and stupa, which has a height of about 70 metres (230 ft).[5] The Abhayagiri temple became one of the three main Buddhist institutions in the country.[4] Valagamba also built several other temples. The Tripiṭaka, which was handed down orally in the Bhikkhu order until then, was recorded on palm leaves during his reign.
Relatives
FatherKing Saddha TissaBC 161 - BC 137
WifeQueen Somadevi -
WifeQueen Anuladevi -
Elder BrotherKing ThulatthanaBC 119 - BC 119
Elder BrotherKing Lanja TissaBC 119 - BC 109
Elder BrotherKing Khallata NagaBC 109 - BC 104
SonKing Choura NagaBC 62 - BC 50
NephewKing Mahasilu MahathissaBC 76 - BC 62
WORKS
Conflicts2
Religious4
Special Incidents2
Invasion by Five Dravidans
Constructed Abhayagiri Vihara
Built Abhayagiriya Stupa
Converted the Dambulla caves into a temple
The Tripiṭaka was recorded on palm leaves
Baminithiya Saaya Famine
බමුණු වංශික තිස්ස කැරැල්ලක් ආරම්භ කරන ලදී
දමිළයන් සෝමා දේවිය අල්ලා ඉන්දියාවට රැගෙන
PHOTO GALLERY