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Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka

      

The stories that most of us grew up listening to are full of fascinating travel tales and experiences, Ramayana being one of them. One of the most famous epic journeys is that of Lord Rama, whose 14-year journey started when his father King Dashratha sent him on exile.

For 14 years, Rama, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, travelled through forests across the subcontinent. Their journey was replete with exciting twists and turns, as they made their way from Ayodhya to Lanka and back.

There are multiple sites in Sri Lanka which are related to the Ramayana, right from the site of Seetha’s capture to the killing of Ravana. The soil of the battlefields of Ramayana remains in red surrounded by lighter coloured soil. Unique Himalayan herbs are still known to be found among the tropical Sri Lankan mountains & forests. One of Ravana's airports, torched by Hanuman when he came looking for his wife Sita, still has a burnt-soil look. Apart from Ayodhya in India, Sri Lanka has been identified as the place with many significant sections of the Ramayana tale. We take you through some of these key places of Lord Rama’s journey in Sri Lanka.

Laggala

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Located in Mathale, Laggala is a rural village blended with natural beauty and historical value. Laggala served as a watchpoint to Ravana’s army, and it was here, that the first glimpse of Lord Rama’s army was seen and reported to King Ravana. It is believed that King Ravana had prayed to Lord Shiva at Thiru Koneshwaran from this rock, as the rock was the highest peak of his Kingdom.

Munishwaram Temple

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Located in Chillaw, the Hindu Kovil is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka that bear close connections to Ramayana. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas. This temple is believed to be the place where King Rama prayed to Lord Shiva asking for remedies after committing the most significant crime ‘Brahmaasti Dosham’. According to the Hindu Darma, Rama committed this crime when he killed Ravana who was a priest of Brahmin caste.

Sita Kotuwa (Ashok Vatika)

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Sita Kotuwa (Ashoka Vatika) is the place where Ravana kept Sita captive after kidnapping her, also because she denied staying in Ravana's palace, and opted to remain under the Ashoka Tree; hence the name Ashok Vatika came into existence. It was here that Hanuman met Sita for the first time, and identified himself with the ring of Rama. Its present spot is believed to be the Hakgala Botanical Garden, the place is known as Seetha Eliya which is close to the resort city of Nuwara Eliya.

Manavari Temple

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When the Vimana was passing over Munishwaram, Rama felt the Vimana vibrating and realised the Brahmaasti Dosham wasn't following them at this particular point. So, Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed the Siva Lingam as the part of remedies for Brahmaasti Dosham and prayed after the end of the war with King Ravana. This Lingam is known as Ramalingam because Lord Rama made it. Apart from this, the Lingam in Rameshwaram is the only Lingam in the world which is named after Lord Rama.

Nilawari

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Sita Amman Temple

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Located in Seetha Eliya a small beautiful village, 5 km away from Nuwara Eliya, the temple is small yet elegant and rich in Hindu architectural details and painting and statues of Lord Rama, Seetha, Lakshmana, and Hanuman. By the legend, the river flowing next to the temple is where Sitha bathed. Moreover, you can see the footprints on the rock next to the river which is believed to be of Hanuman.

Kothmale

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When Ravana was taking Seetha to Seetha Eliya on his plane, she dropped some vitaminised rice balls provided by Ravana as a refreshment so that Lord Rama could find where she was held captive.

Kothmale is the place where you can still witness these rice balls dropped by Seetha which are used by the locals as a cure for stomach disorders and headaches and as a charm that brings prosperity.

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Divurumpola Temple

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Still visited by thousands, this is the place where Sita Devi took her oath to prove her innocence and purity with ‘Agni Pariksha’. When Sitha Devi plunges into the sacrificial fire, Agni, lord of fire, raised Sitha Devi, preventing any harm proving her innocence. With continual practice for thousands of years, villagers still take oaths there or pledge their fidelity and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. This place has been visited and worshipped by people down the ages.

Sanjivani Hill

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During the war, Lakshmana got injured by powerful arrows and fell unconscious. To save his life, Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the life-saving herbs from the Himalayas. Hanuman went to the Himalayas, lifted the whole hill and brought it to Lanka, as he wasn't able to identify the life-saving herbs. It is believed that that part of the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumassala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchathivu in the north.

Koneswaram Temple

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Being considered as the most dedicated devotee of Lord Shiva, many images of Ravana can be seen in different places which are associated with Lord Shiva. Raavana’s pure devotion to Lord Shiva earned him the respect of the God so much so that he built his devotee a temple. Today, it exists as Koneswaram Temple in Sri Lanka.

Yahangala

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Translated into English as ‘Bedrock’, Yahangala is believed to be the place where locals paid their respect to king Ravana for the last time and kept the body. The area located along the Mahiyanganaya – Wasgamuwa road is ideal for a hike and offers you incredible views of the surrounding. You can see the Yahangala rock miles away.

Dunuwila Lake

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Located in Laggala, Dunuwila lake believed to be the place where Lord Rama killed king Ravana by single combat. As the folklore goes lord Rama had fired the Brahmaastharam at King Ravana from the lake you can still see in Dunuvila.

Travel Tip: If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka en route Ramayana tour, visit the Temple of Tooth Relic, which is a temple dedicated for The Sri Lankan Buddhists was built in the 16th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic. Observe the magnificent Architecture of that period and experience the tranquillity of the atmosphere. This Buddhist temple will be a good addition.

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