The second ruler of Sri Lanka was King Panduvasudeva, the nephew of
Vijaya. Panduvasudeva married Baddha-Kacchayana, a princess from India.
The couple had ten sons, the eldest of whom was named Abhaya, and one
daughter named Chitra.
When a sage prophesied that Chitra would bear a son who would kill
nine of his uncles and claim the throne, nine of Chitra's brothers told
King Panduvasudeva to have her killed. However, Abhaya would not allow
it and Chitra was spared. She
was imprisoned in a secured small house on top of a tower which was
called "Ektam geya" in Sinhala by the King. She was looked after very
well by the maids.
The brothers of Queen Baddakachchana too came down to Sri Lanka and
formed villages. Deeghagamini, the son of one of the those brothers,
Digayu, was entrusted with the services of the palace. Prince
Deeghagamini fell in love with Princess Unmadachitra who was his first
cousin and started to visit her surreptitiously.
The two servants, Chitta and Kalavela who were very fond of the
queen, helped the prince. Unmadachitra became pregnant by Deeghagamini.
Chitra married prince Deeghagamini and had a son, who was named
When this secret was laid bare Kalavela and Chitta were beheaded.
The worship of the dead was being practised in our country during the
pre-Buddhist era. There was a belief that the dead are reborn as ghosts
That might have been the reason why the people must have believed
that Kalavela and Chitta must have been reborn as a ghost and had an
influence on the life in the womb of Unmadachitra. The intention of the
uncles was to kill the newborn child provided that it was a male.
Chitra and Dighagamini had been made aware of the prophesy at the
time of their marriage and had promised to put to death any son that
Chitra gave birth to.
However, once Pandukabhaya was born, Chitra was unwilling to kill the
infant, and so she exchanged the baby with another woman who had given
birth to a baby girl that same day.
Unmadachitra arranged to get down a female child born to a woman on
the same day, and send her son to that woman through a servant. While
the maid servant was carrying the prince Pandukabhaya in a basket to
Doramadalawa, she met the uncles of the prince who were on a hunting
spree. She was ordered to keep the basket down.
At this moment Kalavela and Chitra who had been slain and were reborn
as ghosts were present in the form of pigs. Since the attention of the
princess was diverted towards the pigs, it was possible for the servant
to take the baby prince to Doramadalawa free of trouble.
Chitra's brothers were not satisfied that their sister had, indeed,
given birth to a girl.
As a result, several attempts were made to kill Pandukabhaya, which
resulted in many children dying. Pandukabhaya remained unharmed.
Even after that the uncles of the prince had sought to kill the
prince several times but it had been a futile effort. Prince
Pandukabhaya received his education from the Pandula brahmana. This
brahmana knew that this prince would become king one day, gave him the
best of education, trained him in all skills and provided him with the
required resources to enlist soldiers too.
After that he sent him away along with the soldiers he recruited.
When he was old enough to become king, Pandukabhaya fought his uncles
to claim his right to the Throne. Eight of his ten uncles perished.
Abhaya, who had never fought against Pandukabhaya, was not killed.
Pandukabhaya was a good king and reigned over Sri Lanka for 70 years,
leaving the country in a prosperous state when he died.