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Ruwanweliseya Slab Inscription of Queen Kalyanavati

Ruwanweliseya Slab Inscription Kalyanavati
Ruwanweliseya Slab Inscription of Queen Kalyanavathi (Sinhala: කල්‍යාණවතී රැජිණගේ රුවන්වැලිසෑ පුවරු ලිපිය) is found engraved on a large stone slab used in the pavement near the southern Vahalkada of the Ruwanweliseya Stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The record has been engraved on a stone slab measuring 12 ft. 9 in. by 8 ft. 8 in. (Ranawella, 2007). As proved by a short donative inscription of the 9th century A.D., this slab was originally a landing stone above a flight of steps in some old building before it was used as a paving stone of the Ruwanweliseya Supa (Ranawella, 2007). The inscription contains 22 lines of writing and the last line ends abruptly indicating that the record was never completed (Ranawella, 2007).

The script is Medieval Sinhala of the 12 to 13th century A.D. and the language is Medival Sinhala mixed with Sanskrit words (Ranawella, 2007). The record is dated in the second year of Queen Kalyanavathi [(1202-1208 A.D.) Ranawella, 2007].

The inscription gives an account of the offerings made to the Ruwanweliseya by Vijayanavan, the treasurer of King Parakramabahu I (1153-1186 A.D.) and other kings, his wife and his sister's son (Ranawella, 2007). The content is of considerable interest in giving a detailed picture of a public celebration of the worship of the Stupa as it existed in the Polonnaruwa Period (Ranawella, 2007).

1) Ranawella, S., 2007. Inscription of Ceylon. Volume VI. Department of Archaeology. ISBN: 978-955-91-59-61-2. pp.224-227.

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