Timings : 24 hours, all days
Time Required : 2:00 pm
Entry Fee : Each Entrance, Trucks and Buses -1000 SLR; Jeeps - 2500 SLR.
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Kebiliththa Dewalaya is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Kataragama, which is supposed to be a divine power of changing spiritual powers. The Kebiliththa Dewalaya is amid the jungle in the Yala National Park which makes it quite difficult to access, yet many devotees head there to seek the blessing of the Lord. The journey to Kebiliththa Dewalaya requires prior preparation where you need to abstain from the consumption of any meat or alcohol for seven days before the trip. Along with this, it is crucial for one to have control over your anger, refrain from using harsh words and foul language, and not talk about the pending travel.
The shrine is considered to be very sacred by the devotees, and they believe that Lord Kataragama resides there. The temple is in the central area of the national park, and there are four different routes which are each equally difficult to access. Before embarking on the journey, the lighting of a lamp where every a pilgrim that crosses through it requests for protection and a safe journey. An offering is also made, which consists of fruits, rice, beverage, and flowers before proceeding to the shrine.
On the journey, one will reach a small sapling cum tree behind which is the shrine of the Lord Kataragama. At the back of the tamarind tree and on the surface of the bark is a sketch of Lord Kataragama as a deity with six faces and twelve arms in a state of deep meditation. The only thing which is missing is his weaponry and finery.
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