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Thus, Arahan travels west, to the empire of Pala, to the court of Vigrahapala III. Arahan, a skilled missionary who could have converted the Pagan king but a year before, manages to convince Vigrahapala III to leave Mahayana and become Theravada. Thus, when Sri Lanka's king Vijayabahu calls for aid from his fellow Theravada monarch to help him against the Hindu Cholas, it is Vigrahapala III who responds, sending aid from the north to help his fellow Buddhist. A couple years later, when Vijayabahu asks for Buddhist scriptures to help restore Buddhism in Sri Lanka, it is Vigrahapala III who sends them. And a few decades after that, when the Theravada orders of Sri Lanka have beyond recovered, and now seek to send missionaries, to spread their religion, they look not in the direction of Pagan, towards south-east Asia, but towards Pala, towards Buddhism's birthplace: India.