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A common misconception is that the pilgrimage belongs to the Hindu religion and the origins of the Yatra are shrouded in myth and legend. Several versions argue that it began with Lord Murugan (Skanda) himself when he landed on the shores of Sri Lanka and decided to walk to Kataragama. But in fact, Pada Yatra is said to predate the arrival of all four of Sri Lanka's major religions, and is essentially a tradition inherited from the island's indigenous forest-dwellers, the Veddahs. Even the Kapurala priest-custodians at the Kataragama shrines readily acknowledge this as the true origins.

Friday, 29 July 2016 09:53

Tranquil Bliss At Thapowanaya

It may not be that far from the the city's hustle and bustle but the Gothama Thapowanaya off Rajagiriya has served for the last 54 years to be the idyllic seclusion for the restless meandering mind to find inner peace through meditation.

 

I was born in Colombo, and have lived here almost all of my life, and in all that time, have rarely lived more than a long walk's distance from the sea. Colombo is flavoured by salt. It is very much a seaside city. While beaches stretch all along Colombo's long western flank, three of them dominate Sri Lanka's commercial capital. At its heart, right next to the financial district of the Fort, is Galle Face, and north of the port, the now almost-forgotten Mutwal Beach. Neither of them, however, quite have the allure of Mt Lavinia.

Friday, 29 July 2016 09:49

Shrine Of Our Lady Of Madhu

After a five-hour journey along the Western coast we were in Mannar, home to the miraculous statue of Mother Mary. The road leading to the church runs through the thick Madhu sanctuary. My grandmother, who last travelled there during her childhood, had described her journey to the shrine as an arduous trek through the jungle. The journey they believed reflected the zeal of ones piety and would strengthen ones faith. Today we travelled on a smooth winding tarmac admiring the forest that flanked our sides.

Friday, 29 July 2016 09:47

Spectacle Of Culture And History

A hundred glittering elephants are a breathtaking sight, and that's what you will see in Kandy from August 8 to 18 this year. But beyond the parade of caparisoned pachyderms, the frenzied dancers, drummers and more that make up the Kandyan Esala Perahera, are rivetting capsules of history and tradition. Where else can you catch such a rich cultural compendium fused into a single celebration of costumed splendour over ten consecutive tropical nights.

The Government will change the name, “Port City” to “Financial City” to underline the fact that China would not be given outright ownership to the block of land, Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando said today.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 09:58

Four major megapolis projects approved

Four major development projects with planned investments of at least Rs 2 billion have been approved by the Megapolis project team for implementation, Chairman, Western Region Megapolis Planning Project, Ajita de Costa told the Sunday Observer.

The hills are alive with the sound of the season, and with April here, all holiday roads take the winding climb to the cool uplands of merriment - Nuwara Eliya, where the flower-strewn carpet of welcome is rolled out to every fun lover seeking refuge from the heat and bustle of the lowlands.

Monday, 11 April 2016 12:05

A Forgotten Deity

An enigmatic statue on the southern coast reveals a past that has been kept out of the ancient chronicles.

Monday, 11 April 2016 12:03

Arabian Flavour in the East

Located along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, just a few miles south of the city of Batticaloa, lies an enclave that displays its distinctive atmosphere right from its gates.

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