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The plant and seeds contain the alkaloids Hyoscine, hyoscyamine, norhyoscyanine and atropine. Map Achchelu, Achelu(Yapanaya [Jaffna]) ATHURUELIYA ⚓name This is a common sinhala place name.

The plant as a whole is a narcotic, and the Tamil name "Ummaththai" is probably derived from the Sanskrit/Pali word which means (causing) "madness", or "ummmada" in Sinhala. "Athuru" mean "nearby" in the present context (also, it may in other contexts mean "supplementary", or "inter-mediating").

The Brahma was believed to have created "castes" and not ethnicities. Buddhism flourished in South India during the time of Buddhagosha (author of Visuddhi-magga); and Lanka too had Buddhist Tamils as a small but important minority, with many of them resident in Anuradhapura. Here we focus on the old Sinhala names of the tamilized Place names in the North and East.

It should be noted that race or ethnicity , as understood today was of little consequence in ancient times, when it was the caste that was most important. Velu Pillai in Yalpana Vaibhava Kaumudi devotes a whole chapter to Sinhala place names in Jaffna.Use of the material for scholarly and academic purposes with due acknowledgment is welcome. The name Lanka, used in the Epic chronicles, was adopted in to Prakrit with the addition of a leading vowel which could be "a, e, (h)e, or i".Thus the form Lanka → Helanka හෙලංකා appears in Sinhala Prakrit (language of the common people) as the abbreviated form Hela, හෙල.Even the word "Dameda", or "Damila" (Dravidian) probably signified a geographic location (southern), i.e., south of the Vindyah mountains, as viewed by the northern Sanskrit writers.The Tamil or Sinhala ethnic identity probably did not evolve until the early sangam period (this view seems to be held by I. The existence of place-names like Nagarjuna konda (i,e., kanda, කන්ද, hill) in South India, and Sinhala-prakrit artifacts imply that there was considerable cultural exchange across the Palk straits (Seth-Samudra yaaya මූදු යාව see discussion under Palk Strait).

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