Senarat of Kandy

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Senarath
King of Kandy
Reign 1604–1635
Predecessor Vimaladharmasuriya I
Successor Rajasinghe II
Born Sri Lanka
Died 1635
Sri Lanka
Burial Sri Lanka
Wives
Issue Rajasinha II
Vijayapala
Kumarasinghe
House House of Dinajara

Senarat Adahasin was king of the Kingdom of Kandy from 1604 to 1635. He is said to be the successor to king Vimaladharmasuriya I of Kandy. However first hand accounts are not available concerning what happened after the death of Vimaladharmasuriya I. He is said to be a cousin or brother of Vimaladharmasuriya according to most sources. He was not a legitimate ruler hence he married not only the deceased king’s widow Dona Catherina but also her two daughters, in order to legitimize his claim to the throne.

He did not possess the qualities of a king and during his time Portuguese forces laid waste to Kandyan territory in frequent invasions, which he could not effectively repulse. During his reign several rebellions rose up against him and to quell those he aligned with the Portuguese.[1] Many of his military campaigns ended in failure with the exception of the Battle of Randenivela, the success of which was however largely due to Prince Kumarasinghe, his stepson.

When the time came for him to divide his kingdom between his two stepsons & his own son, he tricked the other two & made Râjasinha II (his own son) inherit the main part of his kingdom including Kandy. His two stepsons died shortly afterwards - some say Senerath was responsible for this elimination of potential heirs. Rajasinha II thus became the sole heir to his kingdom.

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  1. ^ Kandy Fights the Portuguese, C.Gaston Perera, Vijithayapa Publications,2007

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Senarat of Kandy
Born: ? ? Died: ? 1635
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Vimaladharmasuriya I
King of Kandy
1604–1635
Succeeded by
Râjasimha II