The second ruler of Sri Lanka was King Panduvasudeva, the nephew of Vijaya. Panduvasudeva married Baddha-Kacchayana, a princess from India. The couple had ten sons, the eldest of whom was named Abhaya, and one daughter named Chitra.

When a sage prophesied that Chitra would bear a son who would kill nine of his uncles and claim the throne, nine of Chitra's brothers told King Panduvasudeva to have her killed. However, Abhaya would not allow it and Chitra was spared. She married a prince named Digha-Gamini and had a son, who was named Pandukabhaya.

Chitra and Digha-Gamini had been made aware of the prophesy at the time of their marriage and had promised to put to death any son that Chitra gave birth to. However, once Pandukabhaya was born, Chitra was unwilling to kill the infant, and so she exchanged babies with another woman who had given birth to a baby girl that same day.

Chitra's brothers were not satisfied that their sister had, indeed, given birth to a girl. As a result, several attempts were made to kill Pandukhabaya, which resulted in many children dying. Pandukhabaya remained unharmed.

Once he was old enough to become king, Pandukabhaya fought his uncles to claim his right to the throne. Eight of his ten uncles perished. Abhaya, who had never fought against Pandukabhaya, was not killed.

Pandukabhaya was a good king and reigned over Sri Lanka for seventy years, leaving the country in a prosperous state when he died.


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