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Kandyan Convention

Kandyan Convention
The original copy of the Kandyan Convention
Drafted 1815
Signed 2–18 March 1815
Location Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Kingdom of Kandy
Condition The deposition of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha
Signatories 12
Parties 2
Languages Sinhala, Tamil, English
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The Kandyan Convention was an agreement signed on the 10th of March 1815 between the Kingdom of Kandy and King Rajasinha was taken as a prisoner. By 2 March 1815 the islands sovereignty was under that of the British Empire. This unique treaty was not signed by the deposed King but by members of his court and other dignitaries of the Kandyan Kingdom. Because the king was hiding from the British, later he was captured and banished to Vellore in south India. [1]

Before the signing of the convention, a British soldier took down the Kandyan flag and hoisted the Union Jack in its place. A Buddhist monk, Ven. Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thero, saw what had happened and quickly replaced the English flag with the Kandyan one. The soldier got angry, but fortunately for the monk, Sir John D'Oyly was nearby and quickly defused the situation.


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Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
Kingdom of Kandy (1469–1815)
Colonial Kandy (1815–1948)
Kandy (1948–present)
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Kandyan Convention Signatories

See also


  1. ^ Kandyan Convention from Divaina

External links

  • The Kandyan Convention and British policy
  • 1815: Kandyan convention and the role of D’Oyly
  • Short History of Ceylon By Humphrey William Codrington
  • Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution By R. B. Herath
  • The 1815 Kandyan Convention at the Audience Hall
  • The signing of the Kandyan Convention
  • Kandyan Convention of 1815
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