Pada Yatra guidelines
Kataragama Pada Yatra
- Pada Yatra is performed in response to
a call from the heart. Unless you are called, don't come.
- Pada Yatra is not a family
affair. Walk if you are called, but leave family behind.
- Keep your vows few and simple, but keep
- Walk alone, or walk with a nade or
kuttam (party of other pilgrims), but obtain permission before joining one.
- Foot pilgrims wear traditional dress
only: vettis and shawl for men, saris for women. Trousers are unacceptable
for men or boys. Slippers may be worn if you cannot go barefoot, but shoes are NOT acceptable.
- Do not announce your destination or starting time. Upsets may occur.
- Learn from elders and experienced pilgrims who know more than you know.
- Pada Yatra is not a race. To learn and enjoy the yatra, walk with the elders and observe them.
- Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. If you drink, you will be expelled.
- Increase the faith all around for self and others, or else remain at home.
- Sleep out of doors at night or in temples, but not in private homes. Taste the homeless life fully and enjoy it while you can.
- Accept whatever comes. Blessings may appear in disguise.
- Share whatever comes; accept the alms, friendship and wisdom of others.
- Do not unload your personal grievances upon others while en route. Deliver all complaints to Kataragama and register them there personally.
- Trust in the Spirit and make it your constant guide. Beware of imitations.
|What to bring with you:
|What not to bring:
|Enough money to meet your own expenses
|Your family and family problems
|Camera & film
|No motor vehicles, radios or cassettes
|Water bottle, cup and bowl
|No alcohol permitted
|White or colored vetti, shawl
|No soaps or shampoos
|No polythene bags or glass bottles
While in national parks:
- Extinguish all cooking fires before departure including other unextinguished fires.
- Do not smoke while walking. Do not throw away burning cigarettes or beedis.
- Disturb the wild animals at your own risk. This is their home, not yours.
not deface trees, rocks or scenic places or discard trash, polythene bags,
etc. on your way.
- Use water sparingly. Thousands of pilgrims come behind you and they too need
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