Mahasena’s son Sirimeghavanna, also known as Sirimevan in Sinhala, succeeded him in the begin of the 4th century. He is said to have regretted the destructions, his father had done in the Mahavihara monastery. He decided to carry out repairs, but he did not give back the land which had been separated from the Mahavihara in order to found the new Jetavanarama monastery. King Sirimeghavanna is credited with freeing prisoners and carrying for animals, too, by providing places for them to drink water. Due to an embassy sent to the court of Samudragupta in India, Sirimeghavanna obtained permission to establish a pilgrims rest monastery in Bodhgaya, where Buddha had attained enlightenment.
The most remarkable event during the reign of King Sirimeghabanna is the arrival of the Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka. Previously, it had been in the custody of the kings of Kalinga at the Bay of Bengal. But when Hindus attacked Kalinga, King Guhasiva instructed his daughter Hemamala to flee to Lanka with the Tooth Relic hidden in her hair. She and her husband Dantakumara arrived disguised as pilgrims. The Tooth Relic was enshrined in a building inside the citadel of Anuradhapura and carried in a parade to the Abhayagiri monastery during annual great festival.
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