Kotagama inscriptions

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Kotagma inscription as displayed in the National Museum of Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 2011

The Kotagama inscriptions found in Kegalle District in Sri Lanka is a record of victory left by the Aryacakravarti kings of the Jaffna Kingdom in western Sri Lanka.[1][2] The inscription reads;

"The women-folks of lords of Anurai (term used for any Sinhalese capital based on Anuradhapura, the traditional Sinhalese capital) who did not submit to Ariyan of Cinkainakar of foaming and resounding waters shed tears from eyes that glinted like spears and performed the rites of pouring water with gingerly seed (form of last right ceremony for departed souls) from the bejeweled lotus like hands."[1]

Some historians attribute the inscriptions to Martanda Cinkaiariyan (died 1348) whereas others date it to the 15th century based on language usage.[1][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Rasanayagm, Ancient Jaffna, p.364
  2. ^ Coddrington, Short history of Ceylon, p.89
  3. ^ Coddrington, K Ceylon coins and currency, p.74-76
  4. ^ "From Devundera to Dedigama". S. Pathiravithana. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  5. ^ Peebles, History of Sri Lanka, p.31-32


  • Coddrington, H. W. (1996). Ceylon Coins and Currency. New Delhi: AES. p. 290. ISBN 81-206-1202-7. 
  • Rasanayagam, Mudaliyar (1926). Ancient Jaffna,being a research into the History of Jaffna from very early times to the Portuguese Period. Everymans Publishers Ltd, Madras (Reprint by New Delhi, AES in 2003). p. 390. ISBN 81-206-0210-2. 
  • Coddrington, H. W. (1994). Short History of Ceylon. New Delhi: AES. p. 290. ISBN 81-206-0946-8. 
  • Peebles, Patrick (2006). The History of Sri Lanka. United States: Greenwood Press. p. 248. ISBN 0-313-33205-3.