This photo of Neelkanteshwar is courtesy of TripAdvisor
I have written articles on the sites in Sri Lanka, which have, Ravana’s Palace, his Pushpaka vimana Runway,Pushpaka Vimana Axle,Pond where Sita took Bath, where she was kept in Ashoka Vatika, where Sita wept, where she went into the ground,Hanuman scorched Earth, Place where Sita was moved by Ravana.
There is a Mountain which resembles Hanuman asleep Near Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.
Check out how to reach Hanuman Temple at the following Link.
Lord Hanuman (around 5000 BC), one of the Immortals of Hinduism, is reported to have been seen in Sri Lanka in 2014.
It is also reported that he visits Lanka regularly a sub tribe of Veddah in lankan Jungles.
Hanuman is reported to have visited Lanka, according to this tribe during Vibhishana’s Rule!
Setu, a spiritual organisation in Sri Lanka is doing research into this and has the following published in their website.
I have checked with Hoaxslayer.com for to determine whether this is a fact, but there is no information.
I have checked the web, there seems to be no contradiction.
More information as to the veracity of this is required.
“This mystery tribe is basically a sub-tribe of Veddah who are indigenous people of Sri Lanka. A spiritual organization called Setu is studying this tribe and has come up with some startling revelations. People of this tribe are highly spiritual and completely disconnected from the modern world. They live in their own world of jungle with monkeys and birds. Their history goes back to the Ramayana period. According to Setu, Lord Hanuman roamed in various places of the planet. At that time He visited the kingdom of Vibhishana in Lanka too. He lived with ancestors of this tribe and gave them the knowledge of supreme. Study of Setu reveals that Lord Hanuman comes to meet these people every 41 years and He came to meet them recently this year. Next arrival may happen around year 2055.
While Lord Hanuman remains with this tribe, head of the tribe notes down every conversation and incident in a log book. Setu is studying this log book and translating it in modern languages. Setu has posted first chapter of the logbook on their website www.setu.asia which reveals how Lord Hanuman arrived in the jungle few days ago. In first chapter it is mentioned that Lord Hanuman was sitting on the top of a hill of Nuwera Eliya when the head of the tribe went there one evening. In the next chapters it will be described what all Lord Hanuman did with the forest dwellers and what conversations took place between them.
Clearly we human beings of digital age may be very advanced in many things but when it comes to the spiritual advancement, these forest dwellers are way ahead than us. While we may see everything with the prism of our self-defined rationality, there are divine things which exist well beyond our small world of “job, home and vacations”.
From Setu site :
Lord Hanuman visited them recently in 2014.
-> Recently this year in 2014, Lord Hanuman visited them. His next visit will happen after 41 years i.e. in 2055. This year, we were in the know of His arrival. We wanted to see Him with our physical eyes. We expressed our desire to head of the tribe. But we could not pass test of the purity required to see Lord Hanuman. We were told that we are not pure souls hence our eyes cannot see Him. At the time of Lord Hanuman’s visit, Mathangs form a sphere of purity around themselves which is called “HanuMandal”. No impure soul can enter into the sphere. They remain within that sphere and interact with Shri Hanuman.
Human beings were purest in Satyuga. After that erosion of Sanskaras started and now in Kaliyuga we are not even pure enough to see the immortal Lord Hanuman. Last time in recorded history, there is a mention of Lord Hanuman meeting Bheema during Mahabharata period. But Mathangs are pure till date. Even if little impurity surfaces in their new generation, Lord Hanuman comes every 41 years to purify them completely with His Brahma Jyan.
—> What all Lord Hanuman did when He came this time?
Even the birds and monkeys who live with Mathangs are purer souls than us human beings of mainstream society. Mathangs can talk to the birds and monkeys in their language. When Lord Hanuman comes to them every 41 years, all birds, monkeys and Mathangs worship Him in their own way and interact with Him. They talk to Him the way we talk to each other. The entire rituals and processions which are carried out by Mathangs in presence of Lord Hanuman are recorded by the head of the tribe in a “Log Book”.
27th May 2014 was last day of Lord Hanuman’s visit to Mathangs. After that we have been interacting with the head Mathang to figure out what conversations took place between them (Monkeys, Birds and Mathangs) and Him (Lord Hanuman). We have been trying to translate their log book in our language. Finally we are able to decipher it and we are now posting the entire log book chapter by chapter in Hindi and English here.
If you are a devotee of Lord Hanuman, He knows you. Hence do not get surprised if in any chapter you find a conversation where some incident of your life is mentioned.
Note. Mathangs and their companion animals have their own understanding of the world. For example, we human beings of mainstream society identify each other with face and names. Similarly they have their own mechanism to identify each other. For the sake of simplicity, we have given them our own names and terms in these translations. So, we have not only translated their words but also their understanding of the words..
Setu Asia #AIUFO is the only spiritual organization in the world which is fully commited to connecting the mortal beings with the immortal Lord Hanuman. We are based in Colombo because Mathangs of Sri Lanka can lead us to the way which goes to Lord Hanuman. The Day Lord Hanuman appears before scientists of the world, that day science will acquire new dimensions. That day Setu’s dream will be fulfilled. “Setu” is derived from Sanskrit which means “bridge”. We are building the bridge of communication between human beings and Lord Hanuman.
Veddas (Sinhala: වැද්දා[ˈvædːaː], Tamil: வேடுவர்Vēṭuvar) are an indigenous people of Sri Lanka. They, amongst other self-identified native communities such as Coast Veddas and Anuradhapura Veddas, are accorded indigenous status.
According to the genesis chronicle of the Sinhala people, the Mahavamsa (“Great Chronicle“), written in the 5th century CE, thePulindas believed to refer to Veddas are descended from Prince Vijaya (6th–5th century BCE), the founding father of the Sinhalese nation, through Kuveni, a woman of the indigenous Yakkha he married. The Mahavansa relates that following the repudiation of Kuveni by Vijaya, in favour of a Kshatriya-caste princess from Pandya, their two children, a boy and a girl, departed to the region ofSumanakuta (Adam’s Peak in the Ratnapura District), where they multiplied, giving rise to the Veddas. Anthropologists such as the Seligmanns (The Veddhas 1911) believed the Veddas to be identical with the Yakkha.(wiki)
Lord Rama went to Sri Lanka and brought back Sita, after killing Ravana, who had kidnapped Sita.
Hanuman was sent earlier by Rama to search for Sita and He located Sita in Sri Lanka.
‘Based on this information Rama proceeded to Sri Lanka.
Lord Rama , with the help of the Vanaras, built a Bridge between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka and it is called the Adams’ bridge.
This is where I get sidetracked.Ramaeswaram.
Adams Bridge is 18 miles long.
The bridge is 18 miles (30 km) long and separates the Gulf of Mannar (southwest) from the Palk Strait (northeast)-wiki.
Valmiki mentions that Hanuman flew100 Yojanas across the sea from Rameshwaram to Lanka.
The glorious Hanuma with the best courage, even though crossing a hundred yojanas, was without a sigh and did not obtain any tiredness.
Comment : This verse and others clearly mention that Hanuma crossed an ocean of hundred yojanas. At the present time the shore to shore distance between southern tip of India and Northern tip of Sri Lanka is around sixty miles. Even with a measure of 2.5 miles per yojana, hundred yojanas translate to 250 miles. To explain this anomaly, we need to consider that around the time of Ramayana, the distance was lot more than the current sixty miles. This is in sync with the current theories by geologists that the ocean between India and the current Sri Lanka had been replaced by land mass over a period of time. Most of the land to the south of current Raghunatha Pura had been covered by landmass in antiquity. Also according to Ramayana, the mountains Trikuta, Lamba and Suvela were to the north of Lanka, but currently the mountains are found in the southern part of Lanka. This suggests that the northern parts of current Lanka were submerged in water during the Ramayana period.”
( in the observation quoted above, one point is to be noted.The discrepancy would still exist even if Geographical positions change because the time gap between Hanuman crossing over the Ocean and Rama crossing over by Rama Sethu is too short for any geographical changes to have happened.There is no record of it in Ramayana or elsewhere for such a change)
Accepted conversion of One Yojana is 8 Miles.
One Yojana is approximately 8 miles,
Hanuman flew 8oo miles from Rameshwaram to reach Lanka.
But the bridge is only 18 Miles!
“Sri Lanka is an island nation-state in the Indian Ocean. It is located 880 kilometers (547 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of India, and has a maximum length of 432 kilometers (268 miles) and a maximum width of 224 kilometers (139 miles).”
The southern tip of Sri Lanka is 565 Miles(547+18) from Rameswaram.
Assuming that the farthest place was where Ravana’s capital was located, there is still a shortfall of 235 miles.(800-18=782-547=235)
Only possible explanation is that these 235 miles could have been of shallow water and Hanuman flew over this as well.
Asokavatika, Nuwara Eliya, where Sita was imprisoned is 189.03 miles, and 164.16 nautical miles from Rameswaram.
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).
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 performedpujaat 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 toWeragantotain Lanka in his plane, the Pushpaka Vimana.
Weragantotameans 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 calledSita Kotuwa (also known as Seetha Kotuwa); which means Sita’s Fort in Sinhala. It is believed Rāvana had an aircraft repair centre atGurulupothaclose toSita Kotuwa.Gurulupothameans Parts of Birds in Sinhala.
Ravana moved Sita fromSita KotuwatoAshok Vatikathe 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 theChariot Pathis believed to have been formed by Sita Devi’s tears. Visitors could also see the famedSita Flowerswhich are endemic to this area.