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* Annual Sri Pada pilgrim season in Sri Lanka begins from today
Mon, Dec 16, 2013, 12:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 16, Colombo: The annual Sri Pada pilgrim season will begin from today, the Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day which falls on December 16.

A series of religious activities to mark the beginning of the season were held at the Sri Pada temple in Galpoththaawala, Ratnapura on Saturday.

The Perahara, carrying the sacred casket of Relics of the Buddha and the statue of God Saman from the Temple to the Sri Pada maluwa at the summit of the peak, was held Sunday.

All arrangements have been made to provide conveniences to the devotees coming from all parts of the country to climb the sacred mountain. Armed Forces and Police Department have made special security arrangements to provide security and assistance to the visitors.

Sri Pada, recently proclaimed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, is a sacred shrine visited by Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims in Sri Lanka.

Sri Pada pilgrim season will end on Wesak Poya Day in May 2014.

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