Dec 13, Colombo: The annual season to visit Sri Pada, the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka, began today, the Unduwap Poya Day. The season runs until the Wesak Poya Day in May.
A series of religious ceremonies were held at the Raja Maha Viharaya of Galpoththavela, Pelmadulla in Ratnapura and the procession from the temple bringing the sacred relics, sacred objects and the statue of deity Sumana Saman shrines to the peak reached Sri-Pada yesterday. The sacred objects were placed at Sri-Pada Maluwa early this morning.
During the pilgrimage season, the pilgrims are prohibited from taking plastic bottles and polythene to the sacred forest reserve, the Nuwara Eliya District Secretary K.H.A Meegasmulla has said, the state radio reported.
Furthermore, shops situated along the road from Nallathanniya to Sri-Pada are also not allowed to sell them. The Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat Office has commenced a program to provide 40,000 cloth bags to keep belongings and essential items. . In addition all the outlets within Sri-Pada sanctuary will be provided with 1,000 waste bins.
The Litro Gas Company is sponsoring the initiative to protect the precious environment.