The Sri Pada pilgrimage season begins with the dawn of Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day.
The perahera bearing the relic casket, the statue of God Saman and jewellery, began its procession to Sri Pada after the performance of the traditional religious activities at the Galpottawala Sri Raja Maha Vihara in Pelmadulla yesterday. The annual pilgrimage season commenced with the placing of the relic casket, the statue of God Saman. The pilgrimage season will draw to an end with Wesak Full Moon Poya Day next year.
With the construction of steps from Seeta Gangula to Indikatupaana along the Hatton route on the instructions of the President, it is now much convenient for the pilgrims to climb the peak. Sanitary facilities are also available. A fervent appeal has been made from the pilgrims not to pollute the environs with polythene.
In the meantime, special transport service will also operate during the season. A special bus service will be operative between Hatton and Nallathanniya. Bus services are also operative from all main cities up to Hatton. The Sri Lanka Transport Board says 200 additional buses have been deployed for the convenience of the pilgrims. Special train services are also arranged up to the Hatton station.