Tomb of Sitawaka Rajasinha

The archaeological monument known as the Sitawaka Rajasinha Tomb (Sinhala: සීතාවක රාජසිංහ සොහොන) is situated in the Talduwa area in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka.

Folklore suggests that the remains of the tomb of King Rajasinha I (1581-1593 A.D.), the last king of the Sitawaka Kingdom who is believed to have unified Sri Lanka under one canopy in the 16th century, could be buried at this site. During his reign, the main road that ran between Colombo and Kandy had fallen through this area. It is said that the king fell ill and died after being pricked by a thorn of a particular variety of bamboo at Pethangoda Park, located near Ruwanwella where he rested on his return from Kandy after a losing battle with Konappu Bandara who later became the ruler of the Kandyan Kingdom by the name Vimaladharmasuriya I [(1590-1604 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2002; Mendis & Susantha, 2020].

Also, it is believed by locals that Rajasinha's viceroy of Kandy, Weerasundara Bandara who is mentioned in the chronicle Rajavaliya had died at this spot.

See also

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7. pp.66-67.
2)  Mendis, N.D.N.A. and Susantha, R.A.R.P., 2020. Forensic aspect of the death of King Seethawaka Rajasinghe. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 11(2). pp.50-57.

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