Janakan Srikhanta

Ellalan, a Tamil from the Chola country, is traditionally presented as being a just king even by the Sinhalese. The Mahavamsa states that he ruled ‘with even justice toward friend and foe, on occasions of disputes at law, and elaborates how he even ordered the execution of his son based on a heinous religious crime. Elara is a peculiar figure in the history of Sri Lanka and one with particular resonance given the ongoing ethnic strife in the country. Although he was an invader, he is often regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s wisest and most just monarchs, as highlighted in the ancient Sinhalese chronicle Mahavamsa
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