If Padmini had existed, she would have a Buddhist princess not a Vedic/Hindu follower.

Fictional Padmavati was Buddhist Princess

Padmini, also known as Padmavati, was a legendary 13th–14th century Indian queen (Rani). The earliest source to mention her is Padmavat, an epic fictionalized poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE. The text, which features elements of fantasy, describes her story as follows: Padmavati was an exceptionally beautiful princess of the Singhal kingdom (Sri Lanka). Ratan Sen, the Rajput ruler of Chittor Fort, heard about her beauty from a talking parrot named Hiraman. After an adventurous quest, he won her hand in marriage and brought her to Chittor. Alauddin Khalji, the Sultan of Delhi, also heard about her beauty, and laid siege to Chittor to obtain her. Many events occurred during the period of the siege, till the fort was finally taken. Meanwhile, Ratan Sen was killed in a duel with Devpal, the king of Kumbhalner, who was also enamoured with Padmavati’s beauty. Before Alauddin Khalji could capture Chittor, Padmavati and her companions committed Jauhar (self-immolation) to protect their honour. After her sacrifice, the Rajput men died fighting on the battlefield.

According to Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat (1540 CE)

Padmavati was the daughter of Gandharv Sen, the king of the Singhal kingdom. She became close friends with a talking parrot named Hiraman. Her father resented the parrot’s closeness to his daughter, and ordered the bird to be killed. The parrot flew away to save its life, but was trapped by a bird catcher, and sold to a Brahmin. The Brahmin bought it to Chittor, where the local king Ratan Sen purchased it, impressed by its ability to talk.

The parrot greatly praised Padmavati’s beauty in front of Ratan Sen, who became determined to marry Padmavati. Guided by the parrot and accompanied by his 16,000 followers, Ratan Sen reached Singhal after crossing the seven seas. There, he commenced austerities in a temple to seek Padmavati. Meanwhile, Padmavati came to the temple, informed by the parrot, but quickly returned to her palace without meeting Ratan Sen. Once she reached the palace, she started longing for Ratan Sen.

Meanwhile, Ratan Sen realized that he had missed a chance to meet Padmavati. In desolation, he decided to immolate himself, but was interrupted by the deities Shiva and Parvati. On Shiva’s advice, Ratan Sen and his followers attacked the royal fortress of Singhal kingdom. They were defeated and imprisoned, while still dressed as ascetics. Just as Ratan Sen was about to be executed, his royal bard revealed to the captors that he was the king of Chittor. Gandharv Sen then married Padmavati to Ratan Sen, and also arranged 16,000 padmini  women of Singhal for the 16,000 men accompanying Ratan Sen. Sometime later, Ratan Sen learned from a messenger bird that his first wife — Nagmati — is longing for him back in Chittor. Ratan Sen decided to return to Chittor, with his new wife Padmavati, his 16,000 followers and their 16,000 companions. During the journey, the Ocean god punished Ratan Sen for having excessive pride in winning over the world’s most beautiful woman: everyone except Ratan Sen and Padmavati was killed in a storm. Padmavati was marooned on the island of Lacchmi, the daughter of the Ocean God. Ratan Sen was rescued by the Ocean God. Lacchmi decided to test Ratan Sen’s love for Padmavati. She disguised herself as Padmavati, and appeared before Ratan Sen, but the king was not fooled. The Ocean god and Lacchmi then reunited Ratan Sen with Padmavati, and rewarded them with gifts. With these gifts, Ratan Sen arranged a new retinue at Puri, and returned to Chittor with Padmavati.

At Chittor, a rivalry developed between Ratan Sen’s two wives, Nagmati and Padmavati. Sometime later, Ratan Sen banished a Brahmin courtier named Raghav Chetan for fraud. Raghav Chetan went to the court of Alauddin Khalji, the Sultan of Delhi, and told him about the exceptionally beautiful Padmavati. Alauddin decided to obtain Padmavati, and besieged Chittor. Ratan Sen agreed to offer him tribute but refused to give away Padmavati. After failing to conquer to the Chittor fort, Alauddin feigned a peace treaty with Ratan Sen. He deceitfully captured Ratan Sen and took him to Delhi. Padmavati sought help from Ratan Sen’s loyal feudatories Gora and Badal, who reached Delhi with their followers, disguised as Padmavati and her female companions. They rescued Ratan Sen; Gora was killed fighting the Delhi forces, while Ratan Sen and Badal reached Chittor safely.

Meanwhile, Devpal, the Rajput king of Chittor’s neighbour Kumbhalner, had also become infatuated with Padmavati. While Ratan Sen was imprisoned in Delhi, he proposed marriage to Padmavati through an emissary. When Ratan Sen returned to Chittor, he decided to punish Devpal for this insult. In the ensuing single combat, Devpal and Ratan Sen killed each other. Meanwhile, Alauddin invaded Chittor once again, to obtain Padmavati. Facing a certain defeat against Alauddin, Nagmati and Padmavati committed self-immolation (sati) on Ratan Sen’s funeral pyre; other women of Chittor also died in mass self-immolation (jauhar). The men of Chittor fought to death against Alauddin, who acquired nothing but an empty fortress after his victory.

Investigation and logical verification according to even their given facts: It is highly impossible arranging a marriage only by a talking parrot named Hiraman. Could you believe this parrot flew from Sri Lanka to Rajasthan crossing about 3,628 km to exact location of Rajasthan where a Brahmin got it and given to King? Again if Parrot was trained to talk then it might be talking in Sihanli language not in Marwari/Rajasthani or Hindi! It might have highly possibility Brahmins would have been the cause of falling Medapata (Mewar) kingdom; because they have well track record destroying kingdoms by dishonesty using their knave or crooked mind but possibility of Padmavati is seems to be fiction. What is the possibility of fair understanding of parrot language if it really happened? Do you think parrot could have well communicated about the princess Padmini to Ratan Sen? Ratan Sen had reined his kingdom in 1302 –1303 CE. Malik Muhammad Jayasi wrote the epic fictionalized poem in 1540 CE. It means he had not in the time frame of Ratan Sen and it is composed after 237 years after the Ratan Sen’s death. According to some writers the composer Malik Muhammad Jayasi had lost his father at a very young age, and his mother some years later. He became blind in one eye, and his face was disfigured by smallpox. He married and had seven sons. He lived a simple life until he mocked the opium addiction of a pir (Sufi leader) in a work called Posti-nama. As a punishment, the roof of his house collapsed, killing all seven of his sons. Subsequently, Jayasi lived a religious life at Jayas. He is also said to have been raised by Sufi ascetics (fakir). It is totally absent there was any relationship of any kind with the characters like Ratan sen, Padmavati, Gandharv Sen or Khilji families or to their relatives or to their descendant or to their historians those had helped him to compose the Padmavat. So it has no possibility of its authenticity; there may be few characters that had existed those are used for composing Padmavat as fiction. If we will start to think it was even true then in that time frame Gandharv Sen should have existed in Sinhalese monarchs. In the time frame of 1302 –1303 CE when Ratan Sen was the King of Medapata (Mewar) kingdom; at that time in Singhal/Sinhala/Sri Lanka there was House of Siri Sanga Bo (1220–1345) dynasty. There was no king named Gandharv Sen had ever existed in Singhal history.

Kingdom of Dambadeniya (1220–1345)

Name King From King Until Relationship with Predecessor(s)
Vijayabahu III 1220 1224 *A patriotic Prince of Sinhala Royal blood
Parakkamabahu II 1234 1269 *Eldest son of Vijaya Bahu III
Vijayabahu IV 1267/8 October 1270 *Eldest son of Panditha Parakrama Bahu II
Bhuvanaikabahu I
(from Yapahuwa)
1271 1283 *Brother of Vijaya Bahu IV
Interregnum 1283 1302
Parakkamabahu III
(from Polonnaruwa)
1302 1310 *Nephew of Buvaneka Bahu I
*Son of Vijaya Bahu IV
Bhuvanaikabahu II
(from Kurunagala)
1310 1325/6 *Son of Buvaneka Bahu I
*Cousin of Parakrama Bahu III
Parakkamabahu IV
(from Kurunagala)
1325/6 1325/6 *Son of Buvanekka Bahu II
Bhuvanaikabahu III
(from Kurunagala)
1325/6 1325/6 *Known as Vanni Buvaneka Bahu
Vijayabahu V
(from Kurunagala)
1325/6 1344/5 *Second son of Chandra Banu of Jaffnapatnam

Here is the list of Sinhalese monarchs:

 

 

 

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