Ramayana the epic : There are innumerable places in Sri Lanka which are related to the Ramayana story, right from the site of Seetha’s capture to the killing of Ravana. The soil of the battlefields of Ramayana still remains in red colour surrounded by lighter coloured soil. Exotic Himalayan herbs are still known to be found among the tropical Sri Lankan forests & mountains. One of the airports of Ravana, torched by Hanuman when he came looking for Seetha, still has a scorched-earth look. Besides Ayodhya in India, the island of Lanka has been identified as the place with many of the most significant sections of the Ramayana tale. Let’s take a look at the Ramayana historical places in Sri Lanka.
During the war, Lakshmana was hit by powerful arrows and fell unconscious. To bring him back to 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 was not able to identify the life saving herbs. It is believed that, that part of the hill fell on five namely, Rumassala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchathivu in the north.
A few days later, after visiting Anuradhapura and several other heritage sites, I visited the Koneswaram Kovil, located in Trincomalee town. The Koneswaram Kovil is the last of the three sites where Lord Ram performed Puja to get rid of the Brahmana Hatya Dosham. It was built by Sage Agastya and is referred to as Dakshina Kailasam (Kailash of the south). In addition, it is also a Maha Shakti Peetha. The temple is located on a hill, which overlooks the harbor and the views it offers are simply brilliant.
During the war Laxman was injured and required a specific herb from the Dronagiri Mountain to heal the wounds. Lord Hanuman unable to recognize the herb decided to carry the part of Dronagiri mountain to Sri Lanka. It is believed that Lord Hanuman brought the Dronagiri Mountain to the Rumassala in Sri Lanka. The place near the Galle Harbor in southern coast of Sri Lanka is famous for numerous herbs and the soil of the place is different from the surrounding area.
Sigiriya Lion Rock
This mind blowing rock structure was once a palace of Ravana and is believed that the elder brother of Ravana, Vaisravana built his palace on the rock. Planning a vacation to Sri Lanka? Would you like to explore the Ramayana trail? Drop us a postcard here, so we can craft you the perfect Sri Lankan vacation. Check out the numerous Sri Lankan sample itineraries here that would give you an insight on this beautiful country.
The Ashok Vatika is the place where Ravana kept the Sita captive. Ashok Vatika is a garden that is present in the Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka. Some of the interesting findings here include the rock on which Sita used to sat and meditate. Sita Eliya also have the only Site Temple in the world. The idols of Sita was excavated from here 100 years ago.
An ancient temple, it finds mention in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Under the patronage of a series of Chola kings, it grew rapidly and had a huge Gopuram with a thousand pillars. At the heights of its glory, the temple grounds consisted of the entire hill. With every rise comes a fall, and in 1622 the temple was destroyed by the Portuguese. It was only reconstructed after the idols of Lord Siva, Parvathi and Ganesh were found buried underground.