4Bi In the Tamil chronicles , as we have already Been, the foundation ofthe kingdom ofJaffna is attributed to a blind minstrel. It is said that this minstrel died without an issue and that Jaffna was without a king for some time. Eventually one ofthe nobles went to Nadurai andinvited a prince called Ciiki Liya (Irya of Si4ha(nagara) ) alias Kafkai 4riya or Vicaya silcai Cakkaravartti to be the king ofJaffna. The invitation was accepted and Vicaya KU]i3kn i Cakkaravartti became the first prince to rule Jaffna. This is the account found inthe Kailyanflai andthe a-vaipava-nlai As we have discussed earlier, it is stated inthese chronicles that several noble families as well as members ofthe different castes were invited from South India inthe time ofthe king Vicaya nCi Cekkaravartti and given lands intheJaffna peninsula andthe Vanni districts to settle down There are some reasons to believe that this first princely ruler of Jaffn4wae no other than Mgha. In the first place, we are inclined to agree with Gnanapragasar that the name Vicaya KlMc!ni may be a corruption of Vicaya K]i?ilcq (Vijaya Kliiga) gha, as we know from the 1. !vm., p. 25; ., p. 6. 2. See supra, 3 • S. Gnanapragaaar, ppa-vaipava-nlaiga, p. 65.
,.&+ra k.'ro Nia-sagrahaya andthe 4tbavagalaviraaa, had al8o 461 the name Kliiga Vijayabhu This name could be easily rendered into Tamil as Vicaya Klia. Here the second element ofthe name Vijayabhu is dropped andthe name Kliñga is used at the end, inthe same ner as Ca or Pya in Tami1 Gnauapragasar has explained that in tha manuscripts K].iikp or its variant Ilixkai may have been mistaken for ____ Since aikai makes no sense, it may have been altered to KU4ksi (crippled hand) in course of time. Hence the explanation ofthe author ofthe that the king got k this name because one of his hands was disabled. But the posibion 1. ks., )•t7 ; &Yw 2. Rjarja Ca, V!ra Pya, etc. Vijaya is. written as Vicaya in Tamil and Klifia as Klika or IVlifdcai. 3. In the cursive style ofthe ola manuscripts, where an angular style is avoided to prevent the ola from splitting, 111P1kR would have been written thus: 9nJL' . This could have been easilyymistaken for P,4YV'Ua (I't!.ai.ka). Li.. p. 30.