INSCRIPTIONAL HISTORY OF THE SONS OF KING MUTUSIVA


SONS OF KING MUTUSIVA

Our ancient texts states that King Mutusiva had 10 sons. The genealogical tree of these kings from these ancient books are shown below

Rev Methananda Ellawala suggest an alternative interpretation to that of DR  S Paranavitane,that in the Bowattagala Inscription the name Gamini  may refers to King Mutusiva. He suggests that while Pandukabaya reigned at Anuradhapura  his son Mutusiva may have ruled at Ruhuna and therefore was entitled to the title of Gamini. This inscription is placed by the great grandson named Tissa of Gamini by his eldest son. The name of eldest son is not given. he did not rule from Anuradhapura. His name was according to Dipavansa Abaya. 

“Son of Gamini was the eldest of ten brothers. The son of the eldest was Dhammaraja. This cave Mahasudassana which Mahatissa, son of Dhammarajah is given to the Sanga”.

An inscribed Fish found at Tissamahrama, first letter is not clear.

The title of Gamini is in inscritptions where it refers to King Devanampiyatissa and His brother King Uttiya the second and third son of Mutusiva who ruled as Maharaja or Great King from Anuradhapura. Another son was Mahanaga who made a hasty retreat to Ruhuna after Devanampioyatissa queen attempted to poison him through a gift of mangoes. He ruled Ruhuna which region was the land between Kubukkam-oya and Gal-oya[Rev Ellawala Methananda] . King Mahanaga t
 

KING DEVANAMPIYATISSA

Head of a Bodhisatta at Mihintale, Ancient Kings were considered as Bodhisattva. The popular belief is that this is the bust of King Devanampiyatissa.

The Mahavansa states that King Devanampiyatissa was closely associated with Mihintale, he had donated 48 caves. There are two caves donated by a Queen of Great king Gamini Tissa  and her sister to the Sanga.

Mihintale Caves

The cave of female lay devotee Varunadatta the Great King Devanampiyatisa’s wifes sister.

The cave of the female lay devotee Ramadatta , wife of great King Gamini Tissa is given to the Sanga

Two inscriptions of a Brahmana at Piccandiyava,9 mile South east of  19 milepost off Anurapura-Puttalam Rd  refers to a Kings , the first as his  teacher and the other as his physician. This King is identified as King Devanampiyatissa.

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An inscription at Priya-Puliyankulum , of a mahatissa has four symbols on it. Mr P Weerasinghe suggests that Maha-tissa is perhaps Devanampiyatissa  and identifies the standard symbol as that of the King and the same was used by King Asoka. It is interesting that the same symbols are found on one of the earliest coin of the Island found during the excavations at Anuradhpura in layer C 14 dated to the period of King Devanpiyatissa. This coins was predicted by DPE Hettiarchchi as that of this King in the 1950’s.

Inscription of King Utiya

Inscriptions are all from Mihintale rock caves.

Kings Uttiya Donation.

  King Uttiya Queen inscription. An inscription of a cave donation of a daughter of King Uttiya Princess   Tisa.

 

Dr Paranavitane writes in Inscriptions of Ceylon Volume I , of perhaps the earliest inscription that can be dated according to our chronicles is perhaps the 4 inscriptions of a sub king Uttiya[ Raja] before he became the great king[ maha-raja] found at Peri-Puliyankulum. This is same location as the inscription of Mahatisa mentioned earlier as Uttiya brother Devanampiyatisa.An additional interesting fact is that the Sinhalese Buddhist attitude or belief of sharing merit not only with Human beings on earth but with all being in a Universe that knows no bounds or was considered limitless.

In the above inscription King Naga is another king speculated by Dr S. Paranvitane as another Son of King Mutisiva.

There is an inscription at Dambulla rock shown below This inscription that has a Railed Swastika on its side and the Gamini Tisa may be any of following.

a. Maharaja Devanamapiyatissa.

b. Maharaja Suratissa.- another Son of King Mutusiva.

c. Maharaja  Sadatissa- brother of King Dutugemunu