Sri Padasthanaya (Adams Peak)

Sri Padasthanaya (Adams Peak) is a Buddhist shrine built in and around Siri Pathula(Load Budas Footprint), located at the mouth of the Samanalakanda mountain. Sripada Kanda is located in the central hills of the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province. It is 2243 meters high. Sri Pada is a sacred place of worship for Buddhists. The area around Mount Sripada is surrounded by large mountain ranges. Elephants, tigers, bears, and other endangered species live there. These are Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Muriyawatta, Mukuwatta, and Malimboda. Of these 6 roads, Nallathanni and Palabaddala 2 are the most famous.
Sri Padasthanaya (Adams Peak)Due to the historical value of the Sri Pada place, various communities call themselves Sripadasa by their own names. Buddhists have been using the name “Sripada” since ancient times. 236 This sacred mountain is known from before. It is a Pali language. Buddhists believe that the Buddha has marked the left foot of His Sripada on the top of Mount Sripada. Tamils ​​consider Sri Pada as the place where their god, Shiva, is marked. But other people believe that when Adam came into the world, his footprint was marked on the mountain. Sri Pada is also known as Samanalakanda. This is because the butterflies are considered to reside in Sri Pada at the time of their annual migration. It is also known as the “Samantha Kuta” (Sri Samadhi), considering that the god Sumana Saman resides in Sri Pada. It is also known as “Ratnagiri” and “Swargaranohanam”.
Climbing the Sripada hill is a difficult task. It takes ten steps and takes several hours to climb. The Sri Pada pilgrimage begins every year on the full moon day. It ends on Vesak Poya Day. It is difficult to climb Mount Sripada in other months. During those months there is heavy rain and heavy fog in Mount Sripada. The traditional practices associated with the climbing of the Sripada mountain remain. The first pilgrimage to Sri Sripada is called “Kodukkara” and he has to bathe in what he calls “Sita Ganga”. Needles and threads are mounted in a place called “needle lamp”. Devotees sing various folk poems while climbing the mountain. Once they ascend the mountain, they ring the sanctum sanctorum according to the number of times they worship it.
Climbing the Sripada mountain during the night is an amazing experience. The path illuminated by flashlights appears to the pilgrim as a path leading to the stars. Pilgrimage to Sri Pada is to climb the mountain before sunrise. Known in the folklore as “sun service”, watching the sunrise at the top of the mountain is an experience y
Sri Padasthanaya (Adams Peak)ou will never forget. Sunlight hits the top of the hill and shows a triangular shadow of the surrounding plain. As the sun rises, the shadow goes down rapidly, known as the sun service.

There are many inscriptions on Samanolagira, Sripada, and the kings who worshiped it. The Mahavamsa, the Dipavamsa, the Culavamsa, the ancient chronicles and the Rajavaliya, can be found in the Samantha Kuta Varna written in the Dambadeniya period and the Kotte period. In Deepavamsa, the Sri Pada is known as the ‘Samantha Koo’.
According to history, the first worship of Siripa came between 29-17 BC. King Walagamba, who ruled at that time, worshiped Sri Pada. The chronicles also state that Sri Pada did a great service to the development of the country.

BC By 236, Sri Pada had become a sacred place. History has it that Sri Pada pilgrimage had a special place during the Polonnaruwa and Dambadeniya periods. King Vijayabahu I established the two oldest inscriptions on the worship of Siripadaya. Located in Ambagamuwa and Geelimale, these inscriptions are of archaeological importance.
The writer Turner says that Siripa’s pilgrimage was difficult and thrilling at the end of the 19th century.
Sri Padasthanaya (Adams Peak)“.Pilgrims ride the poems according to the Nade Guru. The road is rough, scary, and full of ferocious beasts …”
The Fa-Hien monk who lived in Sri Lanka from 411-412 AD mentioned the Sri foot, but it is not clearly stated that he was kind. When the Italian merchant Marco Polo arrived in Sri Lanka in 1298 AD, the Sri Pada mountain was mentioned, but no sacred footprint was found. Arabian explorer Ibn Battuta ascended the Sri Pada mountain is 1344, and according to him, pilgrims had iron chains attached to the stairs and iron pillars to grace the Sri Pada mountain.

John Davy, brother of the famous chemist Sir Humphry Davy, climbed to the top of Mount Pada in 1817. His records show that at the top of the mountain there was a footprint slightly larger than that of a typical human foot embroidered with brass carved gemstones.

Legends state that this Ravana was named as the Triangular Rock in his capital city during the reign of King Rawana.
These are some of the specific words used by devotees in the pilgrimage to Siripadaya. Nade, Nade Guru, Kodu, Milk Kodu, Lightly, Snow, Kariyawai, Divine, Mistake, Kode, Ambalama, Padma are just a few of them. Buddhists believe that the Buddha’s Footprint, the Sumana Saman, is secured to the Sripada.
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