Rama & Sita’s Story – 5 Days

Start / End : Colombo | Duration : 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Rama & Sita’s Story – 5 Days

Rama & Sita Devi tour is a 5 Day Tour covering important sites believed to be visited by Sita Devi, Rama and Lord Hanuman. Some of the sites are Sitawaka, Hakgala and Divrumpola

Tour Summary

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Start / End: Colombo

Available : All year round

Highlights

  • Visit Sri Bhakthi Hanuman Temple
  • Visit Divrumpola, where Sita devi underwent the ‘Agni’ (fire) test
  • Ashok vatika
  • Munneshwaram and Manaveri Kovils
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Day 1

muneswaram

Meet on arrival at airport and proceed to Nuwara Eliya , passing Sita Waka en-route.

An interesting as well as shocking episode took place here. To shatter Lord Rama’s confidence and halt his progress during the war, Indrajith eldest son of King Ravana played a trick, with Sitadevi’s look alike. Indrajith beheaded the look alike in front of Lord Hanuman thinking that it will stop the advancing forces of Lord Rama. There is a stone in this area called “Rampathagala” with one foot mark which is traditionally believed by the people as Lord Rama’s foot mark. This place is known as Sita Waka and situated close to Avissawella. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya the city of lights.

Evening visit Hakgala Garden .

Enroute visit Seetha Amman temple, Seetha Eliya- The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size.

After lunch Visit Divurumpola – means a ‘place of oath’.

Dinner and overnight at the Nuwara Eliya hotel.

 

Day 2

divurampola

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Divurumpola is the place that Sitadevi, after her liberation from King Ravana underwent a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to fire. However she came unscathed and proved here innocence and purity.The message of Rama’s victory over Ravana was sent to Sita.

After a bath and adorned with jewels she was taken on a palanquin before Rama. Meeting her husband after such a long time she was overcome with emotion, but Rama seemed lost in thought. At length he spoke, “I have killed my enemy. I have done my duty as a true king. But you have lived for a year in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper I take you back now.” Sita was shocked. “You have broken my heart” she said, “only the uncultured speak like this”. Have you forgotten the noble family I come from? Is it my fault Ravana carried me off by force? All the time, my mind, my heart, and soul were fixed on you alone, my lord!” She turned to Lakshmana and said with tears streaming from her eyes, “prepare for me a fire. That is the only remedy for this sorrow of mine.” Lakshmana in suppressed anger, looked at Rama’s face, but there was no softening, he lighted a big fire. Sita reverently went round her husband and approached the blazing fire. Joining her palms in salutation, she said, “if I am pure, o fire, protect me.” With these words she jumped into the flames. Then arose from out of the flames Agni, the fire-lord, whom she had invoked. He lifted Sita from the flames unharmed, and presented her to Rama. “Don’t I know that she is spotless and pure at heart?” cried Rama, standing up to receive her. It’s for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire, so that the truth may be known to all.”

The spot was initially fenced and walled to protect it from surrounding wilderness. Then a sapling of the Anuradhapura bodhi tree (one of the 30 original saplings) was planted as a mark of respect of the place. A small dagoba was built subsequently under the Bodhi tree. The temple depicts paintings of the Ramayana epic. Today the temple is revered for the oath taken by Sitadevi and even the legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.

Dinner and overnight at the Nuwara Eliya hotel.

 

Day 3

hanuman-temple-ramboda

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda. The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama’s forces were gathered against Ravana. RamPadai means Rama’s Force. The hills of Ramboda is also believed where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. The Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built an Anjaneyar temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple and the image of lord Hanuman here is 16 Feet tall..
The service times at the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple is between 7:00 am to 12:00 noon and again 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Check-in at Nuwara Eliya Hotel and have lunch. After lunch, visit Kondakala i like many other cities and villages in Sri Lanka also derives its name from the Ramayana, when King Ravana took Sitadevi in a chariot to ashoka vatika her hairs got de ranged because of the speed of the chariot. Konda kalai in tamil means deranging of hair. Till date the villagers live with legacy of this event.
Evening visit Mani Kattuther- This is a rock in the Labukalle estate. Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rama, rested on this hill top. The hill where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani kattuther. Today an open temple with statues of Lord Rama , Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Lord hanuman stands on top of it . Locals visit the temple often.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Kandy .

 

Day 4

muneswaram

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Kandy for Chilaw.
Visit Munneswaram- it is about 12 kilometers from Chilaw town on Colombo Puttalam road.
Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s vimana’s. He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stops the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the “Brahmaasthi Dosham” was not following him. He ascends from the vimana and asks lord Shiva for a remedy. lordShiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham.
Also visit Manavari is situated on the Chilaw – Puttalam road about 10 km from Chilaw.
Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date this lingaJIl is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Negombo.

 

Day 5

Departure Transfer to the Airport

  • Accommodation sharing twin on Breakfast & Dinner Basis while on tour at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Air-conditioned private transport
  • English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • Government tax and service charge
  • International airfare
  • Lunch & Beverages.
  • Expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc,.)
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Departure airport tax
  • Compulsory Cricket/Peak and any Seasonal supplements at selected hotels.( To be notified by the time of the booking)
  • Entrance fees, Jeep hire costs, Trekker chargers etc at sites and locations as per itinerary.
  • Involves trek of approx., 4 Km both ways through hilly forest path.
  • Should not be attempted by people with heart and breathing problems
  • Not recommended for children below 12 years

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