Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Seetha Amman Temple

Seetha amman temple
Seetha Amman Temple is a Hindu temple (Kovil) in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. The Kovil is situated along the Nuwara Eliya - Welimada road about 8 km far from the Nuwara Eliya bus town. The site is popular among the visitors as a place related to the Hindu epic Ramayanaya.

The temple was built by Tamil estate laborers who came to the country in the 19th century (Goonatilake, 2010) and believed to be the earliest Hindu shrine in Nuwara Eliya area (Abeywardana, 2004). Although it bears no historical or archaeological values, the temple is promoted by the locals and tourist agencies as a shrine related to King Ravana and Seetha. According to them this temple site is the place where Seetha (Sita) was held captive by King Ravana. This story is based on an Indian epic called Ramayanaya which is today dismissed as a myth by Indian authorities, judicial courts and academics (Goonatilake, 2010; JRASSL, 2014).

1) Seetha Amman Temple Seetha Eliya by Buddhika.jm is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  p. 221.
3) JRASSL, 2014. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka New Series, Vol. 59, No. 2, Special Issue on the Ramayana (2014). https://www.jstor.org/stable/i40203619. pp.1-112.

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