A Stairway to a Palace

Photo by Romesh & Jeneen Weerasooriya - Text by Siri
Prince Moggallana, as expected, returned to Sri Lanka with an army of Sinhala and Indian (Chola) soldier and engaged Kasyapa in battle. The brothers were on the backs of elephants, and Kasyapa's elephant, sensing a hidden swamp ahead of him turned aside to avoid it. Kasyapa's army, in confusion, thought that the King was retreating and broke up, leaving the king defenseless. Kasyapa, fearing the dire consequences if captured, took his own life "harakiri" style, by severing his own head.

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