The Principality of Ruhuna, also referred to as the Kingdom of Ruhuna, is a region of present-day Southern and Eastern Sri Lanka. It was the center of a flourishing civilization and the cultural and economic centers of ancient Sri Lanka. Magama, Tissamaharama and Mahanagakula (now called as Ambalantota), were established here.
Ruhuna was founded around 200 BC by Prince Mahanaga, brother to Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura, after a personal dispute. This region played a vital role in building the nation as well in the establishment of Buddhist culture.
Princes of Ruhuna
|Portrait||Name||Birth||Death||King From||King Until||Relationship with Predecessor(s)|
|Mahanaga||-||-||?||?||Younger brother of Devanampiya Tissa|
|Yatala Tissa||-||-||?||?||Son of Mahanaga|
|Gothabhaya||-||-||?||205 BC||Son of Yatala Tissa|
|Kavan Tissa||-||-||205 BC||161 BC||Son of Gothabhaya|
(aka Kassapa VI before coronation)
|-||-||1029||1041||*Son of Mahinda|
|-||-||1049||1049||*A nobleman of Ruhuna|
|Mahalana Kirthi||-||-||1049||1052||*A Chief|
|Vikkama Pandya||-||-||1052||1053||*A Sinhala Prince|
|Jagathpala||-||-||1053||1057||*A native of Ayodhya|
|-||-||1059||?||*An inhabitant of Ruhuna|
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