King Kirti Sri Rajasingha supported the monastic reform of the monk Walivita Saranankara, who became the Sangharaja (“King” of the Buddhist Order) of the newly introduced Syam Nikaya (Siamese Order).
Nevertheless, the relationship between Kandy’s political leader and the spiritual leader was not always cordial. There was a plot against King Kirti Sri Rajasingha in 1760. A group within Kandy’s aristocracy conspired with the Dutch to overthrow and assassinate the king. The Sangharaja, Weliwita Saranankara, seems to have supported this attempt by writing a letter to the Siamese court in Ayyuthaya (Thailand), asking King Boromakot to send a prince to replace the king in Kandy. The Thai king sent his rebellious son Pipet in order to get red of him. The prince was called Crumpty Pippit by the Dutch, who arranged the passage to the island of Sri Lanka. The Thai prince was welcomed in Kandy by King Kirti Sri Rajasingha. The assassination attempt was about to take place in the main monastery, Mawatta, but it failed due to warnings Kirti Sri Rajasingha had received from some monks. Some conspirators were executed. Prince Pipet was deported back to Thailand, on a Dutch vessel. The leader of the Order, Saranankara, was deprived of his office and imprisoned. However, eight years after the plot, Saranankara became the Sangharaja and seems to have cooperated with the king again.
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