5 Days (6 Nights)
ASHOKA VATIKA TOUR With
Shankari Devi temple Asta Dasha Shakti Peethas in Tricomacclee
DAY 1 - NEGOMBO
On arrival to Sri Lanka, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Negombo.
DAY 2 - DAMBULLA
We proceed to Dambulla. En-route visit Muneeshwaram Temple, Chilaw.
Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw.
After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana. He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthidosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt bramhaasthidosham was not following him and he stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.
Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called RamalingaShivan.
Trincomalee - Shankari Devi temple AstaDasha Shakti Peethas
Shankari Devi Temple is situated in an east coast town of Srilanka, Tricomalee. LankayamShankari Devi starts the Sloka of AshtaDasha Shakti Peethas, written by Sri JagadguruAadiShankaracharya.
Shankari Devi temple in Tricomalee, Srilanka is a prominent temple for Hindus. But, it is most rarely visited and it is very least popular in all AstaDasha Shakti Peethas. Along with the temple of Shankari Devi, there is a temple of Lord Shiva TRIKONESHWARA Temple.
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Kandy - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda
On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.Check in at the hotel.Evening visit the GayathriPeetam in NuwaraEliya.
It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana”s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and pooja’s and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.
Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.
The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at AshokaVatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river -some small and some large Thereafter proceed to Divurumpola situated in NuwaraEliyaWelimada road.
Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.Thereafter proceed to Colombo. In the evening visit PanchamugaAnjaneyar Temple.
* A temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka.
* This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar
Breakfast at the hotelIn the morning commence half day city tour of Colombo.
Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
After lunch transfer to the airport for the connecting flight to india.