D. J. Ambalavanar

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Rt Rev.
D. J. Ambalavanar
Bishop of Jaffna
Church Church of South India
Diocese Jaffna
Installed 30 June 1971
Term ended 28 February 1993
Predecessor S. Kulendran
Successor S. Jebanesan
Personal details
Born (1928-02-28)28 February 1928
Died 10 October 1997(1997-10-10) (aged 69)
Alma mater St. John's College
Jaffna College
Serampore College

The Right Reverend David Jeyaratnam Ambalavanar was a Sri Lankan Tamil priest and the Church of South India Bishop of Jaffna.

Early life[edit]

Ambalavanar was born on 28 February 1928,[1][2] he was the son of Reverend Joseph Ponnambalam Ambalavanar and Annamma. He was educated at St. John's College, Jaffna (1932–42) and Jaffna College (1942-50).[1] He then went to Serampore College in India from where he obtained a B.D. degree in 1955.[1] He obtained a B.A. degree from the University of London in 1959.[1] In 1968 he received a M.Th. from King's College London.

Ambalavanar married Dr Chandraranee Kanapathipillai, they had two sons (Dr Devathayalan and Devadarshan).[1]


After graduating in 1955 Ambalavanar served as minister in the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India.[1] He became the second Church of South India Bishop of Jaffna on 30 June 1971,[1][2] he retired on 28 February 1993.[1][2]

Ambalavanar was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jaffna College.[2] Ambalavanar was a strong advocate of the civilian victims of the country's civil war.[1]


Ambalavanar died on 10 October 1997 at Jaffna Hospital after a brief illness.[2][3]