Sihor to Sri Lanka : Sinhpur, King Sinhabahu, exiled Prince Vijay and Sri Lanka

Sihor, Sri Lanka & Sinhalese : A subtle and undocumented chapter in the History
While debating the old settlers or natives of Sihor (Sinhpur), some suggests that they might have migrated from North East India to West India (where present day Sihor is) and the place where they settled, named it as Sinhpur, carrying their history and identity. But the another fact is Sinhpur and its hills were known for lions from ancient times since lion's presence in Indian sub-continent, and being that a reason the King was named and known Sinhabahu / Sinhavarma, deriving the name of this place as Sinhpur, the lion city.

Legend or story claimed and attributed by some Indian and foreign researchers, historians and writers is that "a daughter of the king of Vanga (Bengal), who according to the story was abducted by a lion (Sinha), while she was traveling across India to Lata (Gujarat). She had two offspring by the lion, one a son named Sinhabahu (Lion-armed) because his arms were like those of a lion. This son established a city Sihapura (Sinhapura / Sinhpur, lion city) in the Lata region and founded villages in the forests all around.".
One of them may be true, but ancient references suggest and prove that between 543-483 BC some of them from Sihor (about 700 people) have been migrated to Sri Lanka as an army with exiled Prince Vijay of Sihor (then being first king of Sri Lanka in ancient period) taking the sea-route, settled there as Sinhalese bringing Indo-Aryan culture and language to the Sri Lanka island. Prince Vijaya's route and some official scholarly work establishes thoroughly for Prince Vijaya starting his voyage to Ceylon from West Coast of India, after being exiled due to his misdemeanors from Sinhapur by his father King Sinhabahu / who is often called as Sinhavarma also.

However, Hela people are said the original settlers or indigenous people of Sri Lanka with whom Prince Vijaya unified his Sinha clan by marrying Princess Kuveni. And thus one can understand, Sihor holds a serious significance and asks for a genuine historical insight and further research considering its importance, dominance and powers as a Sinhapur kingdom which served a cultural bridge to Sri Lanka and India.

There is a well famous and partially documented version acknowledging the above fragment of history, as locally "Lanka Ni Laadi Ane Ghogha No Var" meaning "Bride of Lanka and the Groom from Ghogha", here Ghogha had been a all weather port along Bhavnagar, some 30-35 kms away from Sihor at present, and as Prince Vijay was exiled, and had started his voyage to Lanka from Ghogha, the story and tales tell us the story in that fashion.

This thriving, periodically accomplished research and ancient, popular story is often termed as "Lanka Ni Laadi Ne Ghogha No Var" meaning "Bride of Lanka and the Groom from Ghogha in local culture and literature since very old times. Locally, other than some reference material and empirical archives, there are couple of films also made on this subject as the title itself and there are few songs woven in folklore depicting the story of Prince Vijay and his succeeding march to Lanka.

In fact, at relevant levels and in respective branch of research, there are more interesting and detailed chapters to study. All which have thoroughly proved while leaving almost no room for perceiving this story as mythology anymore. Systematic and due research works with some fine details by Indian and foreign scholars, historians, and archaeologists have proved the Sihor to be the place from where the Prince Vijaya was exiled and reached Lanka to introduce some thriving socio-cultural chapters in the history of Sri Lanka.