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Kulasekhara

1. Kulasekhara.– A Coḷa king of South India. He besieged the Paṇḍu king, Parakkama of Madhurā, and the latter sent for help to Parakkamabāhu I of Sri Lanka. Parakkamabāhu sent an expeditionary force to South India under Laṅkāpura, but in the meantime the Paṇḍu king had been slain and his capital taken. The Sinhalese force, however, landed and carried on a prolonged campaign against Kulasekhara and his allies, who seem to have been numerous and powerful. Kulasekhara was defeated, and the Paṇḍu king’s son, Vīrapaṇḍu, was installed in Madhurā. The Coḷa prisoners taken in the war were brought to Sri Lanka and employed in the reconstruction of the Mahā Thūpa in Anurādhapura. For details of this war see Cv.lxxvi, and lxxvii. For Kulasekhara’s later history see Cv.Trs.ii.100, n.1.

2. Kulasekhara.– A Paṇḍu king. His general Ariyacakkavatti invaded Sri Lanka in the reign of Bhuvanekabāhu I and carried off the Tooth Relic and other treasures. Later Parakkamabāhu III, visited Kulasekhara and retrieved the Tooth Relic. Cv.xc.47; 53 f

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