Sri Lankan chronicles record that the capital of Ruhuna was known as Magama. This place is presently known as Thissamaharamaya, probably after the gigantic stupa by the same name. This stupa and the surrounding monastery is said to have been built by King Kavanthissa and part of his name too embodied in this place name. An inscription found in Kirinda in 1960 records that the relic enshrined here was in fact a ‘Tooth Relic’ of the left jaw of the Buddha.