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However, it too was receptive to new and more liberal views regarding Buddhism. The construction of this network is also attributed to Dhatusena. Before this, panru had several principalities independent of the Anuradhapura Kingdom. Notable standing Buddha statues dating from the Anuradhapura period include the ones at AvukanaMaligavila and Buduruvagala. The Anuradhapura Kingdom Sinhala: The Commander-in-Chief of the army was usually a member of nobility.

The paintings of Sigiriya and Hindagala are the only surviving specimens of art of the Anuradhapura 086. These were assigned for guarding the capital and the royal palace.

The monks often advised and even guided the king on decisions. He was named Minneri Deiyo god 0688 Minneriya for this construction and is still referred to as such by the people in that area. The Tooth Relic of the Buddha soon became one of the most sacred objects in the country, and a symbol of kingship.

Both these have been written during the last two centuries of the Anuradhapura period. Hospital complexes have also been found close to monasteries.

Nonetheless, the king of Anuradhapura was seen as the supreme ruler of the country throughout ;andu Anuradhapura period. Weapons and tools of iron and steel were produced in large scale for the military. International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Monarchs of the Anuradhapura Kingdom.

One of the most notable events during the Anuradhapura Kingdom was the introduction of Buddhism to the country. Some kings, such as Sanghabodhi — and Voharika Tissa — were lenient in this aspect, while rulers like Ilanaga 33—43 and Jetthatissa I — were harsher.


The padu ports and towns of Sri Lanka during the Anuradhapura period.

These stone columns can be seen in several buildings such as the Lovamahapaya brazen palace. The kingdom was often divided into sections or provinces and governed separately.

The rulers from Vijaya to Subharaja 60—67 are generally considered as the Vijayan dynasty. Skill in arts was a respected and valued trait during this period and artists were well rewarded by the rulers.

Under these conditions, rain fed cultivation was difficult, forcing early settlers to develop means to store water in order to maintain a constant supply of water for their cultivations. It did not restrict itself to Theravada and accepted Mahayana and Tantric ideas as well.

The Anuradhapura dagabas which date from the early centuries of the Anuradhapura period, are of such colossal proportions that they constitute the largest structures of their type anywhere in the Buddhist World, even rivaling the Pyramids of Egypt in size.

Another invasion occurred inand the country fell under the control of six rulers from South India.

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Vasabha constructed 11 tanks and 12 canals, [21] Mahasen constructed 16 tanks and a large canal, [22] and Pancu built 18 tanks. Rulers sponsored Theravada and often took steps to stop the spreading of Mahayana beliefs. The primary tax of this period was named bojakapati grain tax and charged for land used for cultivation. Elephants and horses were prestige symbols, and could only be afforded by the nobility. Department of Cultural Affairs. The skills needed to train and care for these animals were highly regarded.

During the times of Vasabha, Mahasena — and Dhatusena, the construction of large irrigation tanks apndu canals was given priority. Initially, the administration of justice at village level was the responsibility of village assemblies, which usually consisted of the elders of the village. Suitable methods for each type of material have been used to lay foundations on a firm basis. Large ponds were attached to some monasteries, such as the Kuttam Pokuna twin pond. However, the king had to exercise this power with care and after consulting with his advisers.


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The person who was in possession of the Tooth Relic would be the rightful ruler of the country. Small irrigation tanks were constructed at village level, to support the cultivations of that village. The Abhayagiri fraternity, established after Abhayagiriya was built, represented several schools of Buddhist thought.

He eventually brought the island under his control and established himself as king. The Springs of Sinhala Civilization. The famous paintings and structures at Sigiriya ; the RuwanwelisayaJetavana stupasand other large stupas ; large buildings like the Lovamahapaya ; and religious works like the numerous Buddha statues are landmarks demonstrating the Anuradhapura period’s advancement in sculpting.

Followers of Hinduism were also present to some extent during the Anuradhapura Kingdom. The chief judicial officer was known as viniccayamacca and there were several 10 officers under him, known as vinicchayaka.

Anuradhapura Kingdom

All these statues are carved out of rock. Archived from the original on 3 August Retrieved 17 July By the end of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, a large and intricate irrigation network was available throughout Rajarata to support the agriculture of the country. He regained his throne after defeating these invaders one by one and unified the country again under his rule. The Jetavana stupa, constructed by Mahasen, is the largest in the panndu. The name was also derived from the city’s establishment on the auspicious asterism called Anura.

Some suggest that they are apsaras celestial nymphspanvu others suggest that they are the ladies of the king’s court or even a representation of lightning and rain clouds.