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What was the former name of Sri Lanka?

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What was the former name of Sri Lanka?
posted Nov 11, 2016 by Karan Joglekar

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Helabima

Sri Lanka has also been known as Helabima. Helabima means "Land of Helas", which is a name that Sinhalese were called. Siṃhāla is attested as a Sanskrit name of the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), comparatively late, in the medieval Bhagavata Purana and Rajatarangini, but it must date to antiquity because of its reflection in the names for the island in Greco-Roman geography. The name is sometimes glossed as "abode of lions", and attributed to a supposed former abundance of lions on the island

answer Nov 11, 2016 by Amit Kumar Pandey
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