Rajasinha I of Sitawaka
|King of Sitawaka|
|Place of death||Sri Lanka|
Rajasinghe I (Sinhala:පළමුවන රාජසිංහ)  was a king of the Kingdom of Sitawaka from 1581 to 1593. He is known for his bravery. Born as Tikiri Banda to King Mayadunne of the Kingdom of Sitawaka, the name "Rajasinha" was given to him after a battle against Portuguese forces. Rajasinha means the King of Lions (or the Lion King).
While his main battle was against the Portuguese forces in defense of the sovereignty of the Sinhala monarch, he had to battle with numerous internal forces—some regional and individual, supported directly and indirectly by forces from Portugal.
The battle with the Portuguese in Mulleriyawa was the bloodiest fought to date. While the Portuguese held guns and more advanced weapons, the Sinhalese army simply equipped with swords and their ancient fighting methods called Angam Pora, defeated the entire Portuguese army. Accounts indicate the vast paddy field in Mulleriyawa turned red with the blood of the dead Portuguese soldiers. This was the greatest defeat a European army had in an Asian land. It still remains that way. He was killed after returning from the battle. After the great battle was fought, the young prince "Tikiri Bandara" was throned king under the name Rajasinghe.
Causing the decline of Kingdom of Sitawaka
- King Rajasinghe I appointed a South Indian, named Aritta Kivendu as his chief advisor and acted on his advice. He converted to Hinduism.
Rajasinha I of SitawakaBorn: ? 1544 Died: ? 1593
|King of Sitawaka
(Kingdom of Sitawaka annexed by Kingdom of Kandy)
- the first up-country Sinhalese who ascended the throne The Observer - December 29, 2002
- Mayadunne and Rajasinha I The Island - May 20, 2011
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