King Dutugemunu (BC 161 – BC 137)

Dutugamunu (Sinhala:දුටුගැමුණු duṭugämuṇu), also known as Dutthagamani duṭṭhagāmaṇī) and Gamani Abhaya ගාමිණී අභය gāmaṇī abhaya, “fearless Gamini” was a Sinhalese King of Sri Lanka[1] who reigned from 161 BC to 137 BC. He is renowned for defeating and overthrowing Elara, the usurping Tamil prince from the Chola Kingdom, who had invaded the Kingdom of Rajarata in 205 BC. ‘Dutugamunu also expanded and beautified the city of Anuradhapura and projected the power of his native Rajarata region across the island of Sri Lanka.
Due to his significance as one of the most potent symbol of Sinhalese historical power, Dutugemunu’s story is swathed in myth and legend. However, many aspects of the accounts of his life have been verified by contemporary inscriptions, and the basic account of his life is generally accepted as accurate

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