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The Seetha Amman Temple is a small temple located in the village of Seetha Eliya in Sri Lanka. It is about a kilometre away from the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, and about 5 to 6 kilometres away from the central city of Nuwara Eliya. It is a shrine for Sita Devi, the daughter of Mother Earth and wife of Lord Rama, from the Ramayana. The temple is built on the site where Sita Devi was believed to be kept as a prisoner by King Ravana. The temple premises also has Lord Hanuman's footprints and the river Seetha from where different deities were recovered.
Sri Lanka's role is in the entire epic of Ramayana is crucial to Hindu mythology. Sri Lanka has many sightseeing places that have their origins based on The Ramayana. One of them is the Seetha Amman Temple - a temple dedicated to Sita Devi, Lord Rama's wife - situated in Seetha Eliya. Legend has it that Ravana, the king of Lanka, had captured Sita and had held her captive in 'Ashok Vatika'. The place where she used to pray for Lord Rama to come to rescue her is where the Seetha Amman Temple was built.
The Seetha Amman Temple has idols of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Devi Sita, and Lord Hanuman. Since it is also the place where Lord Hanuman is known to have met Devi Sita to give her a message from Lord Rama, the temple premises also has a rock where you can see the footprints of Lord Hanuman. There is a river near the temple called the Seetha River, where Devi Sita prayed and bathed. The Seetha Amman Temple is about a kilometre away from the Hakgala Botanical Gardens and a few kilometres away from Nuwara Eliya. It holds a lot of significance as a historical monument.
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