Lakegala | Mythical Palace Site of Ravana of Fabricated Ramayana

Lakegala (Sinhala: ලකේගල) is a conical-shaped mountain located near Meemure village in Matale District, Sri Lanka.

The conical-shaped mountain rises to a height of about 1,255 m (4117.45 ft.) above mean sea level. Some locals link this mountain to King Ravana, Rama, and Sita, three mythical figures depicted in the Indian epic Ramayanaya. According to them, the palace complex of Ravana was in Lakegala and therefore, his treasures and the jewellery and costumes of Sita are buried in this place (Abeyawardana, 2004). Also, it is believed by them that this rock was broken into 4 by the arrow of Rama (Abeyawardana, 2004).

However, the authenticity of the Ramayanaya is controversial and hence it is today dismissed as a myth by Sri Lankan scholars (JRASSL, 2014).

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1) Lakegala by Shalika Malintha is licensed under CC BY 2.0
2) Lakegala jpg by Ruwangiudawattage is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
3) Lakegala 02 by ManishaK89 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.197.
2) JRASSL, 2014. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka New Series, Vol. 59, No. 2, Special Issue on the Ramayana (2014). pp.1-112.

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