The Royal Coat of Arms
The Royal Crown represents the Kingdom of Jaffna. The Crown of the Arya Cakravarti, Kings of Jaffna, was conical in shape, made of gold and set with precious stones such as rubies, diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.
The colour of the Coat is maroon velvet on the outside and white silk on the inside. The coat is edged with golden tassels and tied with golden tassel braids.
The Royal Shield has a white background and on the shield shows several royal emblems.
The Victorious Bull
The Arya Cakravarti, Kings of Jaffna, bore the emblem of the victorious Bull (Nandi) couchant, facing left and with its right arm raised. It has a hump and a large dewlap, black horns which are uncut and around its neck a golden chain with a golden bell. The bull itself is white.
The White Parasol
In the centre above the bull is a white Parasol bordered with golden tassels and white pearls. The parasol is made of white silk and it is an emblem of power and royalty.
The Single Conch Shell
The Single Conch Shells which spiral to the right are very rare and considered especially sacred. The conch is an emblem of power, authority and sovereignty.
The Crescent and Sun
The Crescent and the Sun was designed on the Coat of Arms and the Arya Cakravarti, Kings of Jaffna, claimed divine origin from the Sun and the Moon.
The Emblem of Cetu
The legend “Cetu” is written horizontally below the arms of the bull (Nandi) in Tamil characters. The emblem of “Cetu” is a reference to Cetukavalan (Guardian of Setu or Rameswaram) and Gangainadan (belonging to the country of the Ganga). Adam’s Bridge also known as Rama’s Bridge or Rama Cetu starts as chain of limestone shoals from the Dhanuskodi tip of India’s Rameswaram Island and ends at Sri Lanka’s Mannar Island.
Coat of Arms Copyrights
The Royal Coat of Arms belong to the Royal House. The Coat of Arms and the Royal Symbols are used only by the Royal House and Royal Household. The Royal Coat of Arms and the Royal Symbols may not be reproduced, used or published without prior permission of the Royal House of Jaffna concerned. Any misuse of these items is deemed tantamount to abuse and considered infringing the Copyrights Act.
If you have any enquiries concerning permission to use of the Royal Coat of Arms, the Royal Symbols or the Royal Flag, you may contact the Royal House by post or email.
The Royal Coat of Arms and the Royal Standard was created with the help of Professor S. Pathmanathan and Professor S. Sathiaseelan of Sri Lanka.
Eng. C.Q.C.M. Walschots