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Heladiva and Sivuhela

@ LL / Dec 2008

The mountains of Sinhela (Sri Lanka) may have been among first of its kind to surface from the ocean when earth was evolved.

Oldest human remains discovered in Lanka (Ambalanthota) are belived to be from 123,000 BC. These humans living amongst huge lions, Hippos and Rhinos, native Lankan is stronger and taller than many Lankans today. He had large jaws, large teeth, and large foreheads. They practice the Mahasona (Yaksa) belief.

Anthropologists say that the skeletal remains of man found in the Balangoda caves are over 28,000 years old and that the skeletal remains of the Buttala man may be twice that old. Therefore the possibility of the existence of several highly advance civilizations such as the Tharaka, Mahabali and Ravana in this island may not be just legendary.

Ancient statues sculptured in stone of King Ravana, have several heads on one body. He wears a crown on each head. It is difficult if not impossible to believe that King Ravana had several heads. It is more likely that the crowned heads is an indication that he did reign over several countries from Lankapura, the then capital city in Heladiva. Legendary. King Ravana is reputed to be from the Yakkha clan and there is a school of thought that this island first known as Heladiva was later (900 BC) known as Sivuhela as four clans or tribes of Hela people were its inhabitants. The four were Yakkha, Raksha, Naga and Deva (Asura) tribes, who already had their own alphabet, have started trade with the outside world. Their largest town was 26-acres. Lanka’s fertile soil, availability of water, Iron technology, mineral resources & pearl fishing come to the attention of many business people from Asia & middle East. (Among them are South Indians, Persians, and Greeks).

Vijaya and his band of invaders from the Sinhabahu clan blended with the people of Sivuhela and the country was subsequently referred to as the Sinhela. A legendary belief is that this Sinhabahu clan originated from a man whose father was a lion and mother was a human. Science has proven beyond reasonable doubt that such a union is genetically impossible. It is therefore logical to infer that this clan may have originated from a man who behaved like a lion, the king of beasts.

The offspring of this lion and human union was named Sinhabahu. Sinhabahu killed his own lion father with a bow and arrow and was crowned king by the Vengas after the demise of their king who was Sinhabahu's grandfather from the maternal side. He left his kingdom with his own sister Sinhasivali whom he married subsequently and built a new city by the name of Sinhapura. The eldest of his sons was Prince Vijaya. He was of evil conduct and his followers were no better. They committed many intolerable deeds of violence. The people demanded the king to kill his own son Vijaya. Instead King Sinhabahu banished Vijaya and seven hundred of his followers with half of their heads shaven from Sinhapura. The ship in which they were banished from Sinhapura sailed the Indian Ocean and arrived at the harbour of Thambapanni in Sivuhela. Prince Vijaya befriended a Yakkhini Princess and with her help defeated the Yakkha army and himself adorned the garments of the Yakkha king. He made Kuvanna the Yakkhini Princess his mistress but after she gave birth to a son and daughter through him betrayed her and was to take the daughter of the King of Madhura as his queen. This is the first recorded betrayal in our history!

As King Vijaya had no children from his queen from Madhura, a reason attributed to the curse of Kuvanna, his brother's youngest son Panduvasudeva succeeded him. King Panduvasudeva married Princess Baddakaccana from the Sakya clan of Siddharta Gauthama, the Buddha. Princess Ummadacitta, the daughter of King Panduvasudeva and Queen Baddakaccana was to give birth to Prince Pandukabhaya through a relationship she had with Dighagamani, a Hela warrior.

Pandukabhaya whose father was a Hela leader and mother who was a descendent of Sinhabahu and Sakya clans was crowned the fourth king of Sinhela. He was indeed a king who could claim ancestry to the Hela, Sinhabahu and the Sakya clans. There is a possibility that the Hela people were a highly civilized lot. It is believed that the Buddha visited Heladiva thrice and on one occasion had preached deep Buddhism or Abhidhamma to the inhabitants.

It is difficult to believe that the advanced hydraulic technology at its best during the reign of King Mahasena (334 to 362 A.C.) over 1600 years ago evolved gradually after the advent of Vijaya. The possibility is that this highly advanced hydraulic technology used during King Mahasena's reign of less than 30 years was an improved version of the Hela hydraulic technology. The ancestors of Vijaya who lived in India had little or no knowledge of hydraulic technology and it is proved that this technology was taken to India from Sinhela during a later era.

Mahavamsa records the beastly instincts of the Sinhabahu ancestry during different periods of history. King Dathusena (460 to 478 A.C.) only second to King Mahasena on his achievements in ancient irrigation works built Kalawewa and linked it to Nuwarawewa with a unique canal called Yoda ela having a gradient of one foot to a mile, a feat difficult to achieve even with modern technology. His own son Kassapa killed him. The next case of patricide was when Rajasinghe the 1st killed his own father King Mayadhanu (1521 to 1581 A.C.). The two incidents mentioned above are examples to show that patricide first committed by Sinhabahu with his bow and arrow seems to repeat itself.


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