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Sita Eliya, a Revered Site of Legend

En route to Hakgala Gardens is a very vibrant and colourful Hindu temple known as the Seetha Amman Temple at Sita Eliya. Found on the top of the rock across a brook are round markings believed to be the footprints of the elephant that belonged to King Rawana of Lanka who, according to the ancient Indian epic, the Ramanaya, kept the adbucted Princess Sita there. The temple was given the name after the wife of Lord Rama, Sitadevi.

It is believed that the Princess visited the brook on the side of the temple for her meditation and to pray for Rama to come and rescue her. The mythology of the legend is as colourful as the temple itself and is a fascinating place to visit and observe pujas conducted by devotees.

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