How Sita Was Moved In Sri Lanka Ramayana Sites

We are aware that Sita was abducted by Ravana to Sri Lanka bt the Pushpaka Vimana, a Flying Saucer like Flying Chariot.

Sites of Ramayana in Lanka
Ramayana Sites in Lanka from Stephen Knapp

Read my post on the technology used in the Pushpak Vimana.

What route did Ravana take while kidnapping Sita and how did he move her in Lanka?

As far as I could check information as to how Sita was abducted is limited Ravana taking her in Pushpak Vimana and later fighting with Jatayu  and reaches Lanka, in Valmiki Ramayana.( Corrections to this  welcome with slokas).

Ravana impriosed Sita in Asokavana.
Ashoka Vatika, Asoka Van where Sita was imprisoned.

But Buddhist Legends of Lanka give a detailed description about how Sita was moved in Lanka.

this vehicle landed at Werangatota, about 10 km from Mahiyangana, east of the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, in central Sri Lanka. Sita was then taken to Goorulupota, now known as Sitakotuwa, where Ravana’s wife, Mandodari, lived. Seetakotuwa is about 10 km from Mahiyangana on the road to Kandy. Sita was housed in a cave at Sita Eliya, on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road. There is a temple for her there. She is believed to have bathed in the mountain stream flowing beside the temple.

North of Nuwara Eliya, in Matale district, is Yudhaganapitiya, where the Rama-Ravana battle took place. According to a Sinhalese legend, Dunuwila is the place from where Rama shot the ‘Bramshira’ arrow that killed Ravana. The Sri Lankan king was chalking out his battle plans in a place called Lakgala when the killer arrow struck him. Lakgala is a rock from the top of which Ravana could see north Sri Lanka clearly. It served as a watchtower following the expectation that Rama would invade the island to rescue his consort. Ravana’s body was placed on the rock at Yahangala for his subjects to pay their last respects. Since Ravana was a Brahmin, it was considered a sin to kill him, even in battle. To wash off the sin, Rama performed puja at the Munneswaram temple in Chilaw, 80 km north of Colombo. At Manaweri, north of Chilaw, there is a temple gifted by Rama.

According to another legend from the southern part of Sri Lanka, Sita was actually detained in the mountainous forest area of Rumassala near Galle. When she fell ill, Hanuman wanted to bring some medicinal plants from the Dronagiri mountain in the Himalayan chain to cure her. Since he could not find the plants, he brought the whole mountain and dropped it at Unawatuna, which is near the present Galle harbour. Unawatuna means ‘here it fell’. Indeed, the area is known for its medicinal plants.

At Ramboda, in the central highlands, known for its massive waterfalls, a temple for Hanuman has now sprung up as the belief is that he had visited Sita who was incarcerated there. Legend has it that the Koneswaram temple, in the eastern district of Trincomalee, was gifted by Lord Shiva to Ravana, as he was an ardent devotee. In the famous Buddha Vihara at Kelani, near Colombo, there is a representation of Rama handing over captured Sri Lanka to Ravana’s brother, Vibheeshana, who sided with him in his conflict with Ravana._Dandu Monara Yanthraya.

Ravana using a golden deer as a decoy visited Sita when she was alone in the guise of an old sage, abducted and brought her to Weragantota in Lanka in his plane, the Pushpaka Vimana.

Weragantota means the Place of Aircraft landing in Sinhala. This is the first place Sita Devi was brought to Lankapura (capita city of king Rāvana).
Sita Devi was kept at queen Mandothari’s palace at Lankapura. The place Sita was held captive is called Sita Kotuwa (also known as Seetha Kotuwa); which means Sita’s Fort in Sinhala. It is believed Rāvana had an aircraft repair centre atGurulupotha close to Sita Kotuwa. Gurulupotha means Parts of Birds in Sinhala.

Ravana moved Sita from Sita Kotuwa to Ashok Vatika the salubrious garden in the mountains. The route too was said to be spectacularly beautiful, as Ravana wanted to show Sita the beauty of his kingdom.
The Chariot Path atop the mountain range is still visible. The Sita Tear Pond close to the Chariot Path is believed to have been formed by Sita Devi’s tears. Visitors could also see the famed Sita Flowers which are endemic to this area.




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7 thoughts on “How Sita Was Moved In Sri Lanka Ramayana Sites

  1. Dear sir, the photo that you have put up as Ashok Fatima is that of Hampi , and that image at the centre is its world famous chariot, please have right references before you put up any such image.


  2. Hi Sir,
    As per my knowledge the photo which is posted as (Ashoka Vatika, Asoka Van where Sita was imprisoned.) Is that picture real one, bcoz as per I know its Hampi in Karnataka.. Plz correct me if I m wrong..


  3. Dear Sir,

    The archaeological evidence that you present are indeed very interesting! Also, wanted to know if you could write some thing on the life of Ravana. What was he and what made him abduct Sita mata.

    There are propositions that say that Sita mata was the biological daughter of Ravana. Ravana’s ministers tried to kill the little child born to Ravana and Mandodari, because it was predicted that she will be the reason for the end of the Asura clan. However, the man could not kill the little child and left her in a secluded place. The child was then found by Emperor Janaka and she was brought up as a princess of Mithila.

    When Ravana finds out that his first born is still alive, he goes to see how this adopted father performs her swayamvara. When he finds the act of swayamvara rigid and based only on strength and the character/background of the prince is not questioned, he decides to keep an eye on them. When he finds out that Sri Ram abandons the kingdom of Ayodhya to fulfill the promise given by his father to his step mother, Ravana gets furious and gets Sita mata to Lanka & protects her! However, its his ego which gets hurt when Sri Ram declares war on him to get his wife back!

    But, is not some thing to ponder? Sita mata was not tortured, nor did Ravana misbehave with her when she was held captive at Lanka!


    1. I have posted some articles on Ravana and I will be posting some on the places in Lanka, the food that was offered to Sita and Ravana’s clan .
      The version you have given is one of the many(in fact there around 1600!) many versions.
      The curious fact is that none of the basic features(depends on what one considers as basic features) of Ramayana are altered.However I take what Valmiki wrote as the First and authentic as all the sources concur on this point.

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