Points of Interest - Nuwara Eliya

Seetha Amman Kovil

Sita and Rama statues in Seetha Amman Kovil
Seetha  Amman Kovil vibrant hindu statues

The Ramayana is one of the largest ancient classics in world literature. It consists of nearly 24,000 verses, divided into 7 books. Rama, the prince of Ayodhya in ancient India, married the beautiful princess Sita but was exiled with her and his brother Laksmana, through the plotting of his stepmother. In a forest, Sita was abducted by Ravana, the King of Lanka, and Rama gathered an army of monkeys and bears to search for her. The allies attacked Lanka, killed Ravana, and rescued Sita. In order to prove her purity, Sita entered fire, but was protected by the gods and returned to her husband.

Located in Nuwara Eliya District, the Sita Amman Temple is the only place of worship dedicated to Lady Sita, the virtuous wife of Lord Rama. It is located in a village named Sita Eliya and surrounded by magnificently beautiful forests.

Being very close to the Hakgala Botanical gardens in Nuwara Eliya, the place is easy to reach. This is said to be the place where Hanuman the Monkey King met Sita and informed her about himself and that he had come to rescue her etc. A place is marked as the exact place where the meeting took place. There in an impression of a large foot print, said to be that of Hanuman.

The small beautiful temple is well-maintained. The small river behind has crystal-clear water flowing, adding beauty and divinity to the place. The temple is open in the morning from 8AM to 1PM and in the afternoon from 2PM to 6.30PM.

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