Written by Tharushan Fernando
07 Feb, 2016 | 10:06 pm
The News 1st team of explorers filed the following report during a visit to the ancient kingdom of Seethawaka:
The season of pilgrimage to Sri Pada has commenced and pilgrims can travel to Nallathanni via Avissawella and Hatton to reach Sri Pada.
However, this was not a pilgrimage and the destination was another historic site. Six kilometers further towards Hatton on the Avissawella Hatton road, you reach the Pitadinaya junction. Turn right at the Pitadinaya junction and about one and a half kilometers later, you will reach Thimbiripola.
Folklore states that the king designed this relief of the sacred foot, when the queen was struck by an illness during pregnancy. The queen wished to make the pilgrimage to Sri Pada, but given her health, it was not possible. Folklore says that this relief of the sacred foot was placed here to enable her to make a shorter pilgrimage.
At the same time, the Department of Archaeology states that since this relief does not display the signs of the Sacred Foot, it could possibly be the foot of Rama. However, this is mentioned in folklore. There is no written evidence regarding this site.
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