Saddha Tissa of Anuradhapura

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Saddha Tissa
King of Anuradhapura
Reign 137 BC – 119 BC
Predecessor Dutthagamani
Successor Thulatthana
Issue Lanja Tissa
Thulatthana
Khallata Naga
Valagamba
Father Kavan Tissa
Mother Viharamahadevi

Saddha Tissa was a monarch of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, based at the ancient capital of Anuradhapura from 137 BC to 119 BC. Saddha Tissa was the son of Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna and the brother of Dutthagamani. He was the ruler of Digamadulla, the present day eastern province of the country.


Since Prince Saliya, married a Chandala girl, King Dutugamunu’s younger brother, Saddhatissa was consecrated as King. King Saddhatissa continued the remaining work in Mahathupa.

Major Fire in Lowa Maha Paaya: During his time, there was a fire in the Lowa Maha Paaya. King reconstructed the Lowa Maha Paaya with seven stories. (Initially there were nine stories).

King Saddhatissa built Dighavapi vihara and Duratissa reservoir.

Duratissa Reservoir: Duratissa reservoir has an embankment of 3,400 ft long and 14 feet high. Top of the bank is 15 feet wide. The reservoir has a capacity of 336 million Cu. ft and a surface area of 1,230 acres. After King Saddhatissa’s death, Mahasangha supported the second son of the King, “Thulathana”.

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Saddha Tissa of Anuradhapura
Born: ? ? Died: ? ?
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Dutthagamani
King of Anuradhapura
137 BC–119 BC
Succeeded by
Thulatthana