Seetha Amman Temple - Ramayana Site in Nuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya-Badulla Road, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.
Background on the Sita Temple - Ramayana sites in Sri LankaNuwara Eliya is a beautiful hill station in Sri Lanka, known for its tea estates, waterfalls, famous golf course, and much more. There is also a small but well known temple - the Seetha Amman Temple - located about a ten minutes drive from Lake Gregory. The temple is an important one in Hindu Mythology.
The kidnapping of Sita by Ravana (was King of Lanka) - meant that Ravana had to hide Sita in several locations. The Seetha Amman temple was named after the wife, Sitadevi, of Lord Rama. The structure was built on one of the exact sites where the demon king Ravana held Sita as his captive, in the Ashoka Forests of the region. It is believed that the Lordess used the stream by the temple and meditated by the rocks along the stream.
Lord Hanuman's footprints by the streamOne of the most interesting points of this site is the large footprint by the stream / rocks beside the temple. Hanuman saved Sita from Ravana, and he was known for his strength and immense powers - transforming himself into any size, something that is believed to have taken place by this stream. The huge hole in the ground is known to be the footprint of none other than Hanuman Himself, imprinted during the battle to save the Lordess Sita.
The temple itselfThe temple is a small, quiet (hardly ever any queues) peaceful temple to visit and pray. The temple workers are normally available for any questions. When we visited, we met a priest who was conducting a prayer/ceremony for another family. All in all it was a short yet lovely visit to especially see the view outside and imagine what happened thousands of years ago.
The priest and family kindly gave us lots of fruits - however, beware of the monkeys nearby and inside the temple - some can be quite agressive if they notice you have any food on you - so make sure to keep your eye on your belongings (we kept most of ours in our hired vehicle, and any hand bags by our side). We also gave some of the bananas to the monkeys who happily accepted them from us (or from the ground where I left mine!) and walked away :)
The temple is small but if you have a driver, you should be able to find it quite easily with his guidance. The address is above, but contact us if you need any help.