Kirthi Sri Meghavarna of Anuradhapura

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King Kirthi Sri Meghavarna, also known as Kithsirimevan ruled in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka from 302 – 330 AD.[1]

The sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka during the reign of this king[2] who welcomed it with great respect, ushered them to his capital and enshrined it in Meghagiri Viharaya, presently known as Isurumuniya in Anuradhapura. In order to honor the sacred tooth relic, an annual procession called dalada perahera begins from the era of this king.[1]


  1. ^ a b Cunha, Goseph Gerson (2001). Memoir on the History of the Tooth-relic of Ceylon: With a Preliminary Essay on the Life and System of Gautama Buddha. New Delhi / Madras: Asian Educational Services. p. 38. ISBN 81-206-1173-X. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Edward J. (2000). The Life of Buddha As Legend And History. New Delhi: Asia Educational Services. p. 163. ISBN 81-206-0979-4.