The Royal Family of Jaffna

Welcome Message

Greetings to the People of Sri Lanka and to all people around the world. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit the website which elaborates on various aspects of Jaffna (Yalpanam) and the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

Geographically, the peninsula of Jaffna together with its seven little islands, crowns the island of Sri Lanka. Tamils originated mainly from different parts of southern India. It is a fact that in ancient times, the entire island (Ilankai or Lanka) was almost certainly had dominated by the principal Dravidian dynasties, known as Chera, Chola, Pandya, Pallava and later by Vijayanagara. All these Kingdoms had, at their prevailing times, collectively spanned and dominated the entire South Indian region.

My ancestors began to rule the Kingdom of Jaffna from the thirteenth century right down to the early seventeenth century. Cinkai Ariyan Cekaracacekaran of Cakravarti Nallur in Cevvirukkai Nadu was the founder of the Arya Cakravarti Dynasty. The Kingdom of Jaffna under the Arya Cakravartis remained an independent monarchy with its capital in Nallur, Jaffna.

Although the Kingdom of Jaffna was conquered by the Portuguese in 1621, it still exists through me, my family and other existing descendants of the Royal Family of Jaffna. The reason I am coming forward now to claim this succession is grounded in a wish to educate the younger generation and the world about the fact that there was once a strong Kingdom in Jaffna which contributed positively to the lives of people in what is now present day Sri Lanka. Also I would like remind the world that Tamils have a rich cultural heritage of which they can be proud. My greatest hope is that I may be able to help in some way to bring peace to the dispersed Tamil people of Sri Lanka and to unite them as one nation. A lasting Peace can only be built on understanding and by working together. I hope and pray that peace may prevail over the people of Sri Lanka.

H.R.H. Raja Remigius Kanagarajah

H.R.H. Raja Remigius Kanagarajah

The Head of the Royal House of Jaffna
The Arya Cakravarti Dynasty