The Views of Tamil Scholars Regarding the Origin of Jaffna Kingdom

K. Arunthavarajah


Sri Lanka has one of the long historical tradition in the South Asian region. There was no partiality between the two ideas regarding the specialty of north part of Sri Lanka. The Jaffna Kingdom situated in this region had highly developed state challengeable to the contemporary Kingdoms like  Kotte and Kandy . It was highly developed in the fields of administration, economic and religious beliefs. Even though the contradictive ideas were seen regarding the origin of Jaffna Kingdom with Nallur as the capital city. The concepts which were seen among the Tamil historians had included more beliefs and folk tales regarding the origin of Jaffna Kingdom in the early periods. The evidences which are derived from the recent archaeological researches have  paved the way to do the more re- research . It was said that origin of Jaffna Kingdom dated back to the 13th century A.D. But some scholar holds the view that this Kingdom originated by about the 7th Century A.D. Some reliable evidences are necessary to prove this view.

This research is done on the basis of historical approach. The aim of this research was to analyze the reasons for the origin of Jaffna Kingdom, the traditional ideas and modern ideas which are put forwarded by the Tamil historians. In this research, the articles and books, which were analyzed by the historians used as the primary sources and they were considered as the evidences.

Keywords: Ariyasakkaravatties, Traditional ideas, Modern ideas,  Nagas, Jaffna Kingdom

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