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30 August 2021

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Samanala Kanda, a major mountain range in the central hills of Sri Lanka, is a conical mountain. The height of the highest point is 2215 meters. The land area of ​​Siripa site is about 22380 hectares. The Siripa site was declared a sanctuary on October 25, 1940. It is the third highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Located in the middle of Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya districts. This sacred place is well mentioned in the written history of more than 2500 years of Sinhala Buddhists.

Sri Pada and Samanala Kanda


Location of Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya Kanda (Sri Padaya Hill) is located in the Central Highlands of the Ratnapura District of the Sabaragamuwa Province. It is about 2243 meters high. Sri Padasthana is a place of worship for Buddhists. The area around Sri Pada Kanda is surrounded by large mountain ranges. It is home to elephants, tigers, bears and other endemic species.

There are about 6 ways to reach Sri Pada Kanda. These roads are Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Muriyawatta, Mukuwatta and Malimboda. Of these 6 roads, Nallathanni and Palabaddala 2 are the most famous.


Climate and weather

The average annual rainfall at the Samanala site is 5000 mm. There is very good rainfall throughout the six months of the year. The butterfly sanctuary receives the highest rainfall during the months of May - June - July during the southwest monsoon. The northeast monsoon receives very little rainfall from December to January and February.

Therefore, as the weather disturbances are minimal during this season, the Sri Pada pilgrimage season begins with the Unduwap ​​Poya and continues until the Vesak Poya. During the southwest monsoon season, the butterfly site also experiences heavy snowfall. Therefore, a very cold climate is reported from the Samanala site and the Sri Pada courtyard during this season.

The average annual temperature is 15 degrees Celsius. But in May - June - July, the temperature can drop to 5–10 degrees.



Pilgrimage to Sri Pada

Climbing the Sri Pada mountain is a difficult task. It takes tens of steps to climb to the top of the hill. Pilgrimage to Sri Pada begins on the full moon day of Uduwap ​​(December) every year. It ends on Vesak Dhapoho Day. In other months it is difficult to climb Mount Sri Pada. During those months, Mount Sripada receives heavy rainfall, strong winds and thick fog.

There are traditional rituals associated with climbing Sri Pada. The first pilgrim to ascend the Sri Pada is called the "Kodukara" and he must bathe in the stream called the "Sitha Gangula". Needles and thread are attached at a place called the "needle drink". While climbing the mountain, the devotees sing various folk poems. After climbing to the top of the mountain, they ring the bell according to the number of times they have visited the shrine.


It is a wonderful experience to visit Sri Pada Kanda at night. The path illuminated by light bulbs appears to the pilgrim as a path to the stars. The intention of the Sri Pada pilgrim is to climb to the top of the mountain before sunrise. Popularly known as "Ira Sevaya", watching the sunrise at the top of the hill is an unforgettable experience. Sunlight falls on the mountain tops and casts a triangular shadow over the surrounding plains. As the sun rises, the shadow descends rapidly, known as the sun service.


 

Sri Pada and Samanala Kanda

Ecology and wildlife

Sri Lanka's unripe mountain rainforest has been protected from commercialization due to its inaccessibility. Another reason for this was the naming of it as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. ⁇

The reserve is a protected sanctuary for plant species as well as endemic species including insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Due to the dense vegetation, wildlife species such as Yala arid zone parks are not easily seen here. Elephants can be seen here. The largest common mammal is the Sri Lankan gray monkey.


One of the most striking phenomena is that birds often tend to act as collective herds in search of food. Such a swarm often consists of species of birds such as the Great Crow and the Red-tailed Godwit. The Maha Kawda, which takes the lead in such a flock, is known as a violent bird and the Red Tamil as a noisy bird. Also, with the dawn of the Sri Pa season, a variety of butterflies can be seen and many people say that the butterflies worship Sripadaya.


In the eighth year of his enlightenment, the Buddha visited Ceylon for the third time at the invitation of King Na of Kelaniya. Buddhists believe that Samanola Gira Siripada may have been established at the invitation of the god Sumana Saman during that journey. Accordingly, worshipers perform rituals.


These are some of the must-see places for pilgrims visiting Sambudhu Siripa. Dragon Pantheon, Winter Cave, Ahas Gawwag, Hera Miti Pana, Idikatupana, Gettampana, Dharmarajagala, Gona Tenna, Ehetu Kanuwa, Mahagiri Dambaya, Siripa Maluwa and Siripa Padma and the Twelve Mahe Lamp. Devotees who go to the Siripa courtyard are keen to ring the bell according to the number of times they have gone after the Sambuddha Siripa worship. Everyone is also eager to watch the Sun Service.

 

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

Sri Padaya and Samanala Kanda

 

 

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