Dona Catherina of Kandy

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Dona Catherina
Queen of Kandy
Queen Dona Catherina.JPG
Dona Catherina being welcomed by the General Conquistador Pedro Lopez de Souza
Reign 1581
Predecessor Karaliyadde Bandara
Successor Rajasinha I
Issue Dona Catherina
House House of Siri Sanga Bo
Father Karaliyadde Bandara

Dona Catherina (also known as Kusumasana Devi) was Queen of Kandy in the sixteenth century, who ruled in 1581. She succeeded her father Karaliyadde Bandara as king of Kandy. She was deposed by Rajasinha I of the Kingdom of Sitawaka in the same year she ascended the throne.

She later became the Queen Consort to King Wimaladharmasuriya I after the defeat of King Rajasinhe I and then King Senarath Bandara who succeeded to the throne following the death of King Wimaladharmasuriya. She had issue from him[who?] who later succeeded his Father as King Rajasinhe II, who is known for the agreenment made with the Dutch to end Portuguese rule. Her ascendency was contingent on converting to Buddhism. She secretly taught Catholism to her subjects during her life.

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Dona Catherina of Kandy
Born: ? ? Died: ? ?
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Karaliyadde Bandara
King of Kandy
1581–1581
Succeeded by
Rajasinha I