Monday, December 3, 2018

Tissamaharama Slab Inscription, Colombo National Museum

Tissamaharama Slab Inscription, Colombo Museum
Tissamaharama Slab Inscription is a Sinhalese stone inscription found in Tissamaharama in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka. It is now preserved in the stone gallery of Colombo National Museum. The inscription records about a grant made to a Buddhist monastery by King Sirimeghavanna [(303-331 A.D.) Ranawella, 2005] or by King Mahanama [(412-434 A.D.) Paranavitana, 1933].

The stone inscription was found from somewhere in Tissamaharama, the ancient capital of Rohana. It was kept in the Assistant Government Agent's quarters at Hambantota (Muller, 1883) and later brought to the Colombo Museum. 

The inscription has been inscribed on one side of the slab which is 4 feet tall and 1 feet 5 inches wide. Depending one the scripts and language used, the inscription has been dated to the 3rd - 4th centuries A.D. (Ranawella, 2005). It reveals about a grant of several lands for maintenance of monks of the meditation hall attached to the royal monastery of Mahagama (Tissamaharama) at Abagiri with the provision of four monastic requisites.

Tissamaharama Slab Inscription
Scripts       : Brahmi (Developed form of 4th
century A.D.)
Language  : Early Sinhala
Transcript : Siddham Buddadasa Mahida maha
-sena  Tavakab(o)ya  Abhaya  maharaja  mi apa 
culi-purumaka Budadasa Taripala Mahanamika 
Jeta-Tisa maharaja.....>>
Translation : Success!  I   am  the  great  king
Budadasa   Mahida,   Mahasena   Tavakaboya
Abhaya. Our younger purumaka the great king
Budadasa Taripala, Mahanamika, Jetatisa......>>
Citation : Karunaratne, S. (1984)
Tissamaharama slab inscription, Colombo Museum
References
1) Muller, E., 1883. Ancient Inscriptions in Ceylon. London. p.43.
2) Karunaratne, S. (Ed.), 1984, Epigraphia Zeylanica: Being Lithic and other Inscriptions of Ceylon Vol. VII Special Volume. Colombo: Department of Archaeology. pp.111-113.
3) Paranavitana, S., 1933. Ruvanvalisaya pillar-inscription of the reign of Buddhadasa. [Wikramasinghe, D.M.D.Z.; Codrington, H.W., (Editors)]. Epigraphia Zeylanica: Being Lithic and other Inscriptions of Ceylon Vol. III (1928-1933). Colombo: Department of Archaeology. p.124.
4) Ranawella, S. (Ed.), 2005. Sinhala inscriptions in the Colombo National Museum: Spolia Zeylanica. Vol 42. (2005). Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka. pp.6-8.

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