ANOTHER INSCRIPTION FROM SITULPAVU.


AN INTERESTING ANCIENT INSCRIPTION.

This  very important inscriptions  gives

1.the names of three generations of  kings mentioned in Mahawansa,King Vasaba[126-170 AD], King Vankanasika Tissa[ 170-173 AD] and the donor Gajabahuka Gamini Abaya[173-196 AD]

2.Court Fines of the ancient period – the money used were called Kahapanas, two of these were given daily to the Situlpavu  monastery[ Citala- pavata],

3.the place names of where  High courts were located, i.e Dubala-yahala-gama and Akuju-Mahagama

4.the ancient Sinhala symbol for numeral two ,

5.the symbol for kahapanas as $ is for Dollars..

As the court of justice is called” maha-vinica”, is obviously a place of importance, but if the sum of two kahapanas a day was the total of receipts due to the king from the Court, it does not seem that many cases were heard daily there. We do not, however, possess certain knowledge of the revenue due to the king as dues from court of justice, and it is a pity that the present document contains no further details of the fees which the litigants of the second century had to pay to the state.

Medicine is one of the four requisites of a monk, and is included in the donations which provide for the four requisites. This is the only known document which has made an endowment society for the supply of medicine to the monks. S  Paranvitane

TEXT

l- Sidha [l*] Maharaja-Vahaboyaha puta Tisa-maharajaha puta Maharaja Gamini Abaya

2. Dubala-yahata-gamaha Akuju-Maha-gamaha Maha-vinicahi |abnaka vatiti divasa do-kahavani

3- ganiya eka-divasa do kahavana bagini Citala-pavata-viharahi biku-sagahataya besaja-vate kotu dini

TRANTSLATION

Success ! The great king Gamini Abhaya[Gajabahu112-134AD], son of the great king Tisa [Wankansika Tissa109-112AD] (who was) the son of the great king Vasabha [65-100AD], gave the two kahapanas which is received daily from the great Court of Justice of Dubala-yahala-gama and Akuju-mahagama, so that, having taken a (the same), (the provision of) medicine be maintained (without cessation), at the rate of two kahapanas per day, to the community of bhikkhus in the monastery of Cittalapabbata. [Symbol for Kahavanu and sinhala numeral 2.] .

From Inscriptions of Ceylon Volume II

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