Mystery of Sigiriya’s 100-year-old Maara trees remains unsolved

Mystery of Sigiriya’s 100-year-old Maara trees remains unsolved

Mystery of Sigiriya’s 100-year-old Maara trees remains unsolved

Written by Tharushan Fernando

07 Aug, 2016 | 9:09 pm

Three Maara trees that are over a century old have withered away, within close proximity to the World heritage site of Sigiriya.

A Picture that was captured in 1920 is proof of the existence of this tree over a century ago.

A Picture that was captured in 1920 is proof of the existence of this tree over a century ago.

Even though trees withering away is a common phenomena villagers are startled by the fact that these three trees in particular, have withered away when there are other Maara trees in the vicinity.

Further suspicions arise since these three trees are within the 400 metre radius of the archaeological site of Sigiriya and is in the line of sight of the Sigiriya rock.

Carrying out any human activities in the area is prohibited by law.

Chief Incumbent of Sigiriya Maha Viharaya,Ven. Ukbiliye Dhammananda Thera pointed out that there are three Maara trees that are more than a century old, within close proximity to the Sigiriya Inn and there is suspicion that they have been destroyed using some chemical.

“What is the reason for those trees to wither away and these trees to remain?” charged Ukbiliye Dhammananda, who further urged the authorities to carry out an investigation regarding this.

Convener for the Organisation for the Protection of Sigiriya, L. Gunasekara noted that there is no reason whatsoever for these trees to wither away all at once and they have either injected some chemical or have done something else and has done this because these trees obstructs the view of the Sigiriya rock.

Residents claim that the withering of these trees happened so suddenly and claimed that these trees have been destroyed intentionally.

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