Also called Gajabāhu; king of Ceylon (174-96 A.C.); son of Vankanāsika-Tissa. He founded the Mātu Vihāra in honour of his mother, made additions to the Abhayagiri Cetiya, constructed the Gamanitissa tank, and built the Rāmuka Vihāra and the Mahejāsana-sālā (Mhv.xxxv.115ff; Dpv.xxii.13, 28,29).

In later chronicles be is credited with having invaded the Cola kingdom to avenge a raid made on Ceylon and with having introduced the cult of the goddess Pattini into Ceylon. See Codrington, Short History of Ceylon, pp.23f.

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