Saddha Tissa of Anuradhapura

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Saddha Tissa
King of Anuradhapura
Reign 137 BC – 119 BC
Predecessor Dutugamunu
Successor Thulatthana
Issue Lanja Tissa
Khallata Naga
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.[1] 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 Sri Lanka.

Since crown prince Saliya married a Chandala girl, King Dutugamunu’s younger brother, Saddha Tissa was consecrated as King.[1] King Saddha Tissa continued the remaining work in Mahathupa.

During Saddha Tissa's reign, there was a major fire in the Lovamahapaya. The king subsequently reconstructed the Lowa Maha Paaya at one third of the cost with seven levels, two less tha. before.[1]

King Saddha Tissa built the Dighavapi vihara and the Duratissa reservoir.[1] The Duratissa reservoir has an embankment 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long and 14 feet (4.3 m) high. The top of the bank is 15 feet (4.6 m) wide. The reservoir has a capacity of 336 million cubic feet (9,500,000 m3) and a surface area of 1,230 acres (500 ha).[2]

After King Saddha Tissa’s death, Mahasangha supported the second son of the king, Thulatthana.

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  1. ^ a b c d Obeyesekere, Donald (1999). Outlines of Ceylon History. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 38–39. 
  2. ^ Parker, Henry (1909). Ancient Ceylon. London: Luzac & Co. p. 393. 

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Saddha Tissa of Anuradhapura
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Preceded by
King of Anuradhapura
137 BC–119 BC
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