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Dr. Jai Maharaj
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:01 am
 
Ramayan tourism in Shri Lanka

Forwarded message from S. Kalyanaraman

Ramayan tourism in Shri Lanka

Monday, January 21, 2008

Lanka banks on Ramayan to woo tourists

Politicians may spar in India over whether Ram Setu was
more than a figment of Valmiki's imagination but for Shri
Lanka, the Ramayan legends are an article of faith.

Shri Lanka Tourism has identified five "airports" where
Ravan parked his fleet of pushpak vimanas, the
mythological aircraft he used to abduct Sita when she was
in vanvasa on mainland India. The ruler of ancient Lanka -
a brilliant Brahmin and devout Shiva disciple - didn't only
excel in charting an air route, as he was a pioneer in
"underground transport" as well.

No doubt then that remains of intricate tunnel networks,
leading to palaces and battlefields, that Ravan spread
across the island, are also to be seen. These and nearly 50
more sites, related to the "Ramayan trail", have been
showcased by Shri Lanka Tourism in its new deal to promote
"spiritual tourism", an experiment aimed specifically at
Indian visitors, who, at 100,000, already constitute 20% of
the country's annual tourist inflow. Shri Lanka Tourism
Development Authority Director-General S Kalaiselvam told
the Times of India that these sites are not imaginary and
have existed since times immemorial.

"We are simply putting all details together. People in
villages have always revered these sites, which form a part
of the folklore. A five-day tour would be enough to make a
tourist realise what we're talking about," he said before
launching the package with cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and
Aravinda de Silva. So much so, that the Board appointed a
research team to trace the "trail" before formally making
the findings public.

Ashok Kainth, the main researcher who began work four years
ago, said 59 spots had been located which relate to various
stages of the Ramayan period.

"Among them are Ravan's palaces and dairy farm, besides
several later-period temples devoted to Sita," Kainth said.

The trail even encases a pond which is believed to have
come into existence through Sita's tears. "Evidence
suggests that even during worst droughts, this pond never
dried up," the researcher said.

The various spots are spread across the island, beginning
from its northern tip at Nagadeepa, believed to be
Hanuman's entry point to Lanka. The southern tip, Donara,
is the place where Ram began his first attack on Ravan.
The main battleground, identified as Yudagannawa, is a
wildlife sanctuary now but, Kalaiselvam said, no vegetation
"strangely" grows in the area except grass.

Mythology suggests that Ram, a Kshatriya, performed penance
after killing Ravan, a Brahmin. The Tourism Board has
identified the exact spot as Chilaw and Muneswaram where
Ram carried out poojas to cleanse him of the sin.

"Shri Lanka Tourism believes that Ramayan has brought
together Shri Lanka and India through the exploration of
its great story backdrop, which is Ayodhya and Lankapura
(Shri Lanka). We are also undertaking restoration and
maintenance of these sites," Kalaiselvam said.

Asked about cooperation with Indian Government, he said
there was a general MoU over tourism.

"We have entered into an arrangement with Andhra Pradesh
Tourism specifically over the trail," Kalaiselvam added. -
The Times of India.

http://kalyan98.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/Ramayan-tourism-in-sri-lanka/

End of forwarded message from S. Kalyanaraman

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harmony
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:02 pm
 
all linguists are opposed to this tourism. they are worried they will be
proven wrong by facts on ground. thing the missionaries are most worried
about are real crisp facts.


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[quote:876b7796cb]Ramayan tourism in Shri Lanka

Forwarded message from S. Kalyanaraman

Ramayan tourism in Shri Lanka

Monday, January 21, 2008

Lanka banks on Ramayan to woo tourists

Politicians may spar in India over whether Ram Setu was
more than a figment of Valmiki's imagination but for Shri
Lanka, the Ramayan legends are an article of faith.

Shri Lanka Tourism has identified five "airports" where
Ravan parked his fleet of pushpak vimanas, the
mythological aircraft he used to abduct Sita when she was
in vanvasa on mainland India. The ruler of ancient Lanka -
a brilliant Brahmin and devout Shiva disciple - didn't only
excel in charting an air route, as he was a pioneer in
"underground transport" as well.

No doubt then that remains of intricate tunnel networks,
leading to palaces and battlefields, that Ravan spread
across the island, are also to be seen. These and nearly 50
more sites, related to the "Ramayan trail", have been
showcased by Shri Lanka Tourism in its new deal to promote
"spiritual tourism", an experiment aimed specifically at
Indian visitors, who, at 100,000, already constitute 20% of
the country's annual tourist inflow. Shri Lanka Tourism
Development Authority Director-General S Kalaiselvam told
the Times of India that these sites are not imaginary and
have existed since times immemorial.

"We are simply putting all details together. People in
villages have always revered these sites, which form a part
of the folklore. A five-day tour would be enough to make a
tourist realise what we're talking about," he said before
launching the package with cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and
Aravinda de Silva. So much so, that the Board appointed a
research team to trace the "trail" before formally making
the findings public.

Ashok Kainth, the main researcher who began work four years
ago, said 59 spots had been located which relate to various
stages of the Ramayan period.

"Among them are Ravan's palaces and dairy farm, besides
several later-period temples devoted to Sita," Kainth said.

The trail even encases a pond which is believed to have
come into existence through Sita's tears. "Evidence
suggests that even during worst droughts, this pond never
dried up," the researcher said.

The various spots are spread across the island, beginning
from its northern tip at Nagadeepa, believed to be
Hanuman's entry point to Lanka. The southern tip, Donara,
is the place where Ram began his first attack on Ravan.
The main battleground, identified as Yudagannawa, is a
wildlife sanctuary now but, Kalaiselvam said, no vegetation
"strangely" grows in the area except grass.

Mythology suggests that Ram, a Kshatriya, performed penance
after killing Ravan, a Brahmin. The Tourism Board has
identified the exact spot as Chilaw and Muneswaram where
Ram carried out poojas to cleanse him of the sin.

"Shri Lanka Tourism believes that Ramayan has brought
together Shri Lanka and India through the exploration of
its great story backdrop, which is Ayodhya and Lankapura
(Shri Lanka). We are also undertaking restoration and
maintenance of these sites," Kalaiselvam said.

Asked about cooperation with Indian Government, he said
there was a general MoU over tourism.

"We have entered into an arrangement with Andhra Pradesh
Tourism specifically over the trail," Kalaiselvam added. -
The Times of India.

http://kalyan98.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/Ramayan-tourism-in-sri-lanka/

End of forwarded message from S. Kalyanaraman

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Om Shanti

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http://www.hindunet.org

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not
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current
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are
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article.

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that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as
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Title
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included
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information
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your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the
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