CHANDI HOMAM YATHRA
(04 NIGHT 05 DAYS)
DAY 01 AIRPORT / CHILAW / TRINCOMALEE
On Arrival at Colombo International Airport, Ramayana tour representative will be in the arrival lounge holding company logo and warmly welcome the guests. They will arrange all your needs including vehicle, Guide Local Sim cards etc . proceed to Trincomalee En-route visiting Replica of Murugan Temple, Manavari & Munishwaram temples. Afternoon reach to overnight stay place , after refreshment visit Shankari Matha temple attend the evening puja ceremony , Dinner provide in pure vegetarian Indian restaurant , overnight stay at SARVODAYA RESOURCE IN TRINCOMALEE ,
The first lingam was installed at Manavari near the banks of the Deduru Oya (river). The Manavari Temple in Chilaw, is the place where first lingam installed and prayed by Rama, hence to date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.
It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas.
DAY 02 TRINCOMALEE / TRINCOMALEE
After early b / fast , Travel to the Shankari Devi Shakthi peetam temple , ( 10 minutes Driving ) start Chandi Homam pooja ceremony as per the time scheduled , visit Triru Koneshwaram temple side , visit Luxmi Narayana temple and kali Amman temple , Visit Ravana hot water wells , Dinner provide pure vegetarian indian restaurant Overnight Stay at SARVODAYA RESOURCE IN TRINCOMALEE ,
Thiru Koneswaram is a wonderful temple located on a rock promontory in Trincomalee. It was built by Rishi Agastya on the instructions of Lord Shiva who was impressed by the devotion of King Ravana. This place is unique in this respect because the Lord built a temple for his devotee as a reward for his devotion. Lord Rama is believed to have offered his prayers here too, in order to get rid of the malediction of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin, meaning Brahmahasthi Dosham. The famous temple built here during the glorious era of the Tamil Pallava and Chola and Pandya empires, was destroyed by bigoted Portuguese Christians between 1622 and 1624.
SHANKARI DEVI SHAKTHI PITHAM
Adjacent to Trincomalee's famous Koneswaram temple there is another shrine; it is small in size but of some significance for Hindu pilgrims. This Shankari Devi temple was reconstructed in a new place. The original Shankari Devi temple said to be built by Ravana, was the first in the list of Ashta Dasha (18) Shakti Pitas written down by Adi Shankara. But its whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls. Only a pillar for commemoration is placed on that spot now. And it is believed that the original idol of the Goddess has been preserved and replaced, being venerated now in this nearby new Shankari Devi temple.
RAVANA HOT WATER WELLS
The hot wells of Kanniyai or Kanniya are close to the main road to Anuradhapura, in Trincomalee town. Pilgrims believe in the healing powers of the warm water. There are many different versions of the myth on how these curative hot water wells came into existence. Most of them are connected to Ravana. One legend about Kanniya's origin has it, that this is the place where King Ravana carried out the last rites for his mother. When he was unable to find water to duly perform the rites, he in anger pierced his Trishula into the ground seven times. Water started gushing out immediately. The very first hot water cooled down to the present degree when Ravana's anger calmed down. The temperature of the water is different in all the seven springs.
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 Ft.) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure “Sihagiri”, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LANKAPURA RAMAYANA AND SIGIRIYA
In the rock garden area of Sigiriya there is a Cobra Hooded Cave. It is a rock-shelter surmounted by a boulder in the form of a cobra hood. It is believed as one of many hideouts of Sita on Lankan soil after captivity by Ravana. An inscription mentioning a Naguliya Lena is said to be a proof for it as Naguliya is identified with Sita as allegedly both names can have the same meaning "born from a furrow", because "Naguliya" could be derived from the words for snakes and for plough. In the Ramayana Trail legend, even the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya itself is sometimes claimed to have been a palace of Ravana.
DAY 03 – TRINCOMALEE / DAMBULLA / KANDY
After breakfast proceed to Kandy en-route visiting Sigiriya rock fortress , ( visible from the down ) visit Dambulla Golden Buddha temple , Herbal & Spice Garden, taste a delicious cup of herbal tea and then travel to Kandy to view a Traditional Cultural Dance performance, attend a puja ceremony in the sacred Temple of Tooth Relic , Dinner & overnight stay at DOWN TOWN HOSTEL OR SIMILAR HOSTELS IN KANDY,DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE.
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.