of Saivaa inthe region of Trincomalee inthe time of GajabThu II and to the antagonism between them andthe Sinhalese Buddhists ofthe area The event described in this Tamil chronicle to illustrate this antagonism seems to take us back to a time when the Sinhalese ofthe Trincomalee district were being gradually ousted by or assimilated to the Tamil population. It is stated in this work that opposite the rock on which the temple of Kvaram stood the Bud hists built a temple ofthe Buddha and harassed the Saiva devotees who took flowers to (varam. This led to quarrels between the Buddhists andthe Pcupatar (aivas). The latter triumphed over the Buddhists and pushed some ofthem down the rock into the sea. The matter was reported to GajabThu II, who tried to take revenge on the aivas by attempting to destroy the Cvaram temple. But through divine intervention he realised his folly, became converted to aivisxn and made generous benefactions to the temple and to the Brhmaas there Although the details of this account may not be wholly acceptable, it is not altogether untrustworthy. GajabThu is the only Sinhalese monarch who finds mention inthe Takçiakailca-mlai. In this chronicle he is said to have taken the 207 1. E2' 7:89-96. 2. Ibid.
208 consecration name of Ciica..ka-pti (Siri-sa4ha-bodhi) and this is corroborated by the other sources He is associated with Kantaly and is credited with the patronage of Brhinaias and aivism. This is confirmed by Tainil inscriptions and is implied 2 inthe Clavaisa. Perhaps the contention that GajabThu was converted to aivisxn is an exaggeration but the gist ofthe account cannot be doubted. Further north of Trincomalee and Kantaly, inthe coastal region east and south-east of Kokkuily Lagoon, Tami]. inscriptions and aiva remains have come to light in several sites. At Padaviya and Vhalkaa, two villages in this area, were found two inscriptions ofthe Aiffuvar community andtheir associates The Vhalkaa inscription was set up to record certain steps taken by theandthe Vrakkotis so that a certain town 'may not be destroyed's This town was presumably a market town somwwhere inthe VThalkaa region. Padaviya, as we have pointed out earlier, also appears to have been a market town of considerable 1. The predecessor of Gajabhu had the consecration name of Salnrvan (Calmka) and, therefore, GajabThu's consecration name rust have been Siri-saga-b. Ap arently ParkramabThu I did not recognise the unconsecrated Gajabhu and also took the consecration na e of Siri-saga-b. 2. See supra, p4';aoo . 3. See supra, p..r. k. See supra,