God Sumana Saman and Sri Pada
This sacred mountain is popularly known as Sri Pada since ancient times.
Sri Pada third highest mountain, 2243 m height in peak which spread 22280 hectares. Due to the tropical forest of Sri Pada it has been declared as a wild life sanctuary since 25 Oct 1940. Sri Padha is also known as Samanala Kanda (Butterfly Mountain) due to the swarms of Butterflies that surround the sides of the mountain with the beginning of the season.
According to the ancient beliefs, God Sumana Saman is the guardian or the pre siding deity of Sri Pada, thus also known as “ Samantha Kuta”
“Adams Peak”, “Rathnagiri”, “Swargarhanam” are few synonyms used for Sri Pada.
According to Historical information, Sinhalese King Walagamba was the first royal Devotee who visit Sri Pada During 29-17 B.C.
There are many stone Inscriptions which describe the visits of the ancient Kings to Sri Padha. These information mentioned in cronicals “ Mahavanshaya” Deepavanshaya” Chulavanshaya and many more books written in Kotte Kingdom period.
During Polonnaru and Dambadeni Kinggdom era , according to Inscriptions , Sri Pada visit was regular event.
The first time climber of Sri Pada known as “Kodu Karaya.” It is customary to devotees to bath at the stream called “ Seetha Gangula” and to get ready with white clothes before starting the journey.
Indikatupana is the place where, devotees stop and hand a threaded needle to a shrub.
Fork Songs and Summit Bell
Devotees usually use to sing various fork songs while climbing the mountain. At the summit they ring the bell according to the number of visits to Sri Pada.
Best time to climb.
The main goal of the Sri Pada Devotees is reach to the peak of the mountain before sun rise.
Words, pilgrimage, culture
The words/ phrases used during Sri Pada pilgrimage are best owed a special place in our culture. “ Nadaya” Nade Gura” Kodu” kirikodu”Hime”Karunawai”Peweema” Kata Varadda ganeema””kode” Ambalama” and Padhmaya” are among them. Sri Pada devotees who climb up and climb down wish each other, to have a blessing of God Sumana.
Service of sun “Ira sewaya”
This glorious view of sun rising is called as “Ira Sewaya”- “service of Sun” which adds an unforgettable experience.
Six routes to Sri Pada.
There are three routes to reach Sri Pada as : Rathnapura-Palabadda road, Hattion Nallathanni road, Kuriwita- Erathna road, Nuryawatta route. Mukuwatta route and Malimboda route.
Special places to see
Makara Thorana, ( arch at the entrance) . Seetha Gangula, Ahasgavva, Indikatupana, Geththampana, Dharmarajagala, Gona Thenna, Ahethu Kanuva, Mahagiri Dambaya, Sripa Maluwa, Sripa Padmaya ( The sacred footprint) and Dholosmahe pahana, are some special places found on the way to Sri Pada.
Information to traveler.
Sri Pada pilgrimage season stats from full moon poya day of December to next year full moon poya day on May( 5 to 6 months). Other months from June to December heavy rain and thundering may end your journey.
Over 2500 years Buddhist in Sri Lanka considering Sri Pada as a Buddhist pilgrimage while other religion also visit there.
The most convenient road to Sri pada is Nallathanniya roda ( Hatton side). Colombo fort train depart daily in schedule.At your destination of Hattion railway station pick up, a bus to Nallathanniya junction.
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