The pouring rain seemed persistent in impeding our passage over a jagged rock surface. Stepping on uncertain ground streaming with water, there was a silent resolve to conquer the circumstances to appreciate the splendour and solemnity of a long-gone Sri Lankan story.The journey was reminiscent of an era where holy men of this land would have similarly traversed rough terrain; encountering rain, wild animals and invaders, to meditate, tutor and learn. The ancient Thanthirimale Temple in Anuradhapura is spread across, closely located rock surfaces surrounded by dense jungle. Located 40 kilometres north-west to the city of Anuradhapura, the temple ground extending across 250 acres of land is renowned for its many caves, inscriptions, rock carvings, ruins of monastic residences, meditation chambers, a library and the Sacred Bodhi tree. Thanthirimale is shrouded in beauty and a rich historyof fact and fable.
Standing majestically amidst a flat terrain with a few peaks rising up from a veil of thick mist, drenched in the rays of the morning light ‘Dombagaskanda’, is a wild hideaway from the bustling world outside. Despite its location, the amazing wildlife trapped here is unimaginable. Positioned at the heart of the forest is a hermitage which has been there from way back in time, from the early 1950’s. This is the closest tropical rain forest that can be reached from the main city of Colombo.
The southeastern coast of Sri Lanka is an area of rugged and rustic beauty. In contrast to the stereotypical tropical beach of calm seas, sheltered coves and swaying palms, this is a harsher yet equally beautiful land of windswept sand dunes and barrier beaches pounded by monsoon storms.
Kalpitiya, bordered by the Puttalam lagoon on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, is a remarkable travel destination that has become a favourite go to place among not only locals but tourists who visit the Island. With a history that spans across centuries, Kalpitiya was once a stronghold of the Portuguese and then the Dutch during colonial times. As the Kalpitiya peninsula had-according to historians-gained an unprecedented reputation for maritime trade during ancient times, the colonial powers, especially the Dutch, established a military garrison to conduct trade. The Dutch Fort at the centre of the town with its red bricked walls rising to a magnificent height serves as a testament to their one time presence in the peninsula.
It is the mount from which, Sri Lanka sees her rising sun. The mount, which Buddhists believe the Buddha stepped upon, made hallow and left his foot print stamped for millions to worship through the ages. It's the holy mountain, which Christians and Muslims hold as East of Eden, to where Adam fell when he was banished from Paradise. It's Sri Lanka's Mount Kailas to the Hindus who revere the footprint as that of Shiva and call it Shiva Padam. To all adherents of the four faiths in Lanka, it is the sacred mount where all religions meet at its pointed summit.
In the heart of Sri Lanka, in Ulpothagama, Central Province, is a forest of sacred trees of magical allure. Na Mal Uyana, the forest of Na blossoms, is a manmade forest of ironwood trees. The national tree of Sri Lanka, Na is revered for many reasons. Three Buddhas-the Sumana, Revatha and Sobitha buddhas-are said to have attained enlightenment under Na trees, and it is believed that the future Buddha, the Maithree Buddha, will do the same.
2,500 years ago, according to the Buddhist Calendar, the Buddha, on a Nawam Poya Day (the day of the full moon in February) laid down the code of discipline for Buddhist Priests or Bikkhus and the Buddha's first Chief Disciples, Saripuththa and Moggalana entered the order of the Sangha.
එක දිගටම පැවති වැස්සකට පස්සේ පායන අව්ව හරිම සැරයි. ඒ නිසාම ඇඟට දැනෙන්නෙත් අමුතුම රස්නයක්. විශේෂයෙන් අපේ හමට දැනෙන රස්නය දරාගන්නත් බැරි තරම්. මේ වගේ වෙලාවක ඇඟට වගේම හමටත් සිසිලසක් දෙන්න පුළුවන් නම් ඒක කොයි තරම් නම් දෙයක්ද. විවිධාකාරයේ කෘත්රිම රසායනික ද්රව්යයන් වෙනුවට ස්වභාවික දෑ උපයෝගී කරගෙන සම සිසිල් කරගන්න ලැබෙනවා නම් එමගින් ලැබෙන සුවය ඉතාමත් ඉහළයි වගේම ශරීර සෞඛ්යයටත් හිතකරයි. මෙලෙසින් භාවිත කළ හැකි විවිධාකාරයේ ස්වභාවික ක්රම අතර මෙහෙන්දි නැතිනම් හෙනා ආලේපනය තිබෙන බව පැවසුවොත් ඔබට පුදුමත් හිතෙයි.
British defeats in Europe and Asia during the 1940-1942 period of the Second World War-epitomised by the humiliating fall of Singapore-turned out to be the final blow to the country's already floundering Empire. Military and economic power, on which the imperial system depended, had been severely eroded. And on a political level, from the end of the First World War unrest and agitation for independence had begun to manifest in many parts of the Empire, exemplified in the then Crown Colony of Ceylon by the Trotskyist-inspired Lanka Sama Samaja Party.