Vijaya is-considered to be the ﬁrst King of Ceylon or Lanka as known then.
Prince Vijaya, together with seven hundred of his friends arrived in Thambapanni, Ceylon. It is said that he was in uncalled activities such as looting, riots and thuggery with his ﬁiends. The citizens of Ladha where King Sinhabahu was ruling Complained to the King against his son and it resulted in the deportation of Vijaya aboard a ship together with his friends. Vijaya’s father Sinhabahu who had married his own sister Sinhaseevali was the son of Singha, the Lion.
When prince Vijaya arrived in Thambapanni, he saw the yakka princess Kuveni with whom he fell in love. The marriage of Vijaya and Kuveni took place immediately and Kuveni helped Vijaya to kill Yakka leaders whowere ruling the country at that time. Soon Vij aya with the help of his seven hundred friends defeated the Yakkaha leaders and became the King.
King Vijaya and queen Kuveni, had two children, Jeevahaththa and Disala. King Vijaya who wanted to marry and Indian princess drove away later and the two children to the jungle.
Kuveni and the two children ﬂed away to the jungle and lived there helplessly. Jeevahaththa and Disala were the ﬁrst Veddha couple in Ceylon, according to the strong belief of the Sinhalese.
King Wijaya 543 B.C. – 505 B.C