Best Ramayana Places in Sri Lanka You Must Visit

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Ramayana, Tracing the Epic Tale in Sri Lanka

The Ramayana is an iconic epic tale that has captivated the hearts and minds of many generations. Its profound influence on art, culture, and spirituality in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia is undeniable. One country that shares a deep connection with this ancient mythological history is Sri Lanka. Geographically close to India, Sri Lanka has numerous locations that hold significant importance in the Ramayana narrative.

According to Valmiki’s Ramayana, King Ravana, the central antagonist, brought Sita Devi, the wife of Lord Rama, to Sri Lanka from India. This extraordinary journey was said to have been made possible by a mythical vehicle called the ‘pushpaka vimana’ or the ‘Dandu Monara Yanthranaya’ (Large Peacock Plane Machine) as it is known in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka boasts over 50 sites that are mentioned in the Ramayana, each holding its own significance in the epic tale. These sites range from the place where Sita was held captive to the battleground where two armies clashed and where Rama ultimately defeated the ten-headed demon king, Ravana.

One of the most notable sites is the location where Sita was confined. This spot, known as the Ashok Vatika, is believed to be a beautiful garden where Sita stayed during her captivity. It is said to be situated in the present-day town of Nuwara Eliya and continues to be a popular tourist attraction.

Another significant site is the area where the two battalions fought. This location, named Weragantota, is said to be where the armies of Rama and Ravana clashed in an intense battle. The remnants of this ancient battlefield still exist today, serving as a testament to the events depicted in the Ramayana.

Hanuman, the devoted monkey god, played a crucial role in the Ramayana by bringing back valuable herbal to save the life of Lakshmana, Rama’s brother. The area where Hanuman is believed to have gathered these herbs is known as Sita Kotuwa. It is said to be an exotic herbal garden located in the central part of Sri Lanka.

Finally, the most significant site in Sri Lanka related to the Ramayana is the place where Rama fought and defeated Ravana. This location, known as Rama Setu or Adam’s Bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals that connects India and Sri Lanka. It is believed to be the bridge constructed by Lord Rama’s army to reach Sri Lanka and was instrumental in the ultimate victory over Ravana.

Exploring these Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka not only allows one to witness the historical and mythical aspects of the epic tale but also provides a unique opportunity to delve into the rich cultural heritage of the country. The stories associated with these sites have been passed down through generations, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of Sri Lankan folklore. We have listed best Ramayana places you can see in Sri Lanka

Ramayana Temples in Sri Lanka

Seetha Amman Temple

There temple built on the sides of the stream where it believed that Seetha Devi bathed. And also that celebrates Lord Rama, Seetha Devi, Lakshmana, and Hanuman. This temple is known to remark the site of Ashoka Vatika, where Sita Devi stayed under King Ravana’s captive. The footprints in both large and small sizes found by the river said to be Hanuman’s, a fact making the site more interesting to investigate.

Hanumaan Temple

Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, built in honor of Hanuman, who on the hills of Ramboda, was searching for Setadevi. Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka has built a temple dedicated to Hanuman, making him a sacred persona, special poojas held for Hanuman on every full moon day by thousands of devotees.

Anjaneyar Temple

Anjaneyar Temple, situated in the capital of Colombo famous as the only temple in the world to own a chariot for Anjaneyar. This temple is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka, also being the only one as Panchamuga (five faced) temple. Devotees conduct chariot festival every year at the end of December and the beginning of January. As respect for this temple, all the people wash their hands and feet before entering the temple. And not cross hands inside the temple. The temple opens daily from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm. During the opened hours, the morning pooja starts at 8:00 am and noon pooja at 12:00.

Munneshwaram Temple

Munneswara Temple one of the Ramayana historical places in Sri Lanka, It is considered the oldest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka dedicated to Lord Shiva. Ancient belief as to the place where King Rama prayed to Lord Shiva, Brahmahasti Dosha as he killed king Ravana, who Brahmin.

Manwari Temple

Manawari Temple houses the main Shivalinga as to the belief where Lord Rama installed. Four Shivalingas at four different places, including Manavari temple Chilaw Sri Lanka, Thiru Koneshwaram Temple Trincomalee Sri Lanka, Thiru Ketheshwaram Temple Mannar Sri Lanka, and Rameswaram Temple in India to get rid of Brahmahatya Dosha. Manavari Temple is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Shivalinga. It called Ramalingam as it erected by Lord Rama.

Thirukethishwaram Temple

Thiruketheeswaram is one of the four Shiva temples on the island. Built by Mayan, father-in-law of Ravana. Thiru Ketheeswaram also closely associated with Ramayana. It is one of the three Shivalingas installed by Lord Rama in Sri Lanka. Thiruketheeswaram also believed to be the birthplace of Ravana’s queen Mandodhari.

Thirukoneshwaram Kovil

The giant Sivalingam carved out of granite stone which excavated by archaeologists in the Thiruketheeswaram temple area. Portuguese destroyed the temple during their invasion of Mannar in the 16th century. The ruined and dilapidated temple has gradually rebuilt until it displays. Its pristine glory during the British period with the Hindu elite from Jaffna.

Other Ramayana Places in Sri Lanka

Ram Sethu (Adam’s Bridge)

Ram Sethu or Adams bridge is a massive bridge that connects India and Sri Lanka. Which consists of a string of coral reefs, shoals and shifting sandbanks. According to legend, Rama Sethu, a legendary bridge supposed to built by Rama with the help of Hanuman and his army to reach Lanka. Tread on the remains of this historical adam’s bridge.

Seetha Eliya

Ashoka Vatika is a garden in which Sita stayed under Ravana’s captive. Encounter this place in the area of Sita Eliya near Nuwara Eliya. The Hakgala Garden, located at the base of the Hakgala Rock, forms part of the famed Ashok Vatika. The Sita Pokunaa a barren area atop the Hakgala Rock Jungle, where Sita has kept in captive. Sita Devi set to have bathed in a stream at Sita Eliya.

Chariot Path

Chariot path a plain area near an estate in pussellawa seen from the summit of a mountain range. The estate area is believed to be the place where Hanuman imprinted first foot on Sri Lanka. The mountain named to be Pawala Malai that stands along with the mountain range situated between Ashoka Vatika and King Ravana’s capital city. The deserted land and the route that extends onto the summit of the mountain range said to be the place where Ravana took Sitadevi from the capital city of Lankapura to Ashoka Vatika, a paradise on earth then. It is believed that King Ravana has made this passage with the intention of showing Sitadevi the beauty of his kingdom.

Sita Kotuwa

Sita Kotuwa means ‘Sita’s Fort’ in Sita Kotuwa means ‘Sita’s Fort’ in Sinhala. This is one of the important places to visit in Sri Lanka as part of Ramayana Trails. Sita Kotuwa the first place where Seetha held captive by King Ravana after kidnapping him. Which also surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, streams, and varieties of flora and fauna. Seetha Devi initially kept in queen Mandothari’s palace until she moved to Seetha Kotuwa and then on to Ashoka Vatika.

Ravana Ella

Ravana Ella another legendary area that boasts about two locations allied with the great epic Ramayana. First, there is the Ravana Ella Cave, which accompanies the massive Ella Falls, a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. Ravana Ella Falls named after King Ravana and believed that Seetha bathed in a pool that gathered the water falling from this waterfall. King Ravana said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters where Sita said to have bathed Ravana.

In conclusion, the Ramayana is a timeless tale that has left an indelible mark on Sri Lanka’s history and culture. The country’s close geographical, historical, cultural, and spiritual ties to India further enhance its significance in the Ramayana narrative. As visitors traverse these sacred sites, they are transported into a world of ancient mythology, where gods, demons, and heroes once roamed. The legacy of the Ramayana continues to thrive in Sri Lanka, captivating the imagination of all who seek to unravel its mysteries.

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