Kataragama Pada Yatra in Yala 2015

Pāda Yātrā: Foot Pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama

Pada Yatra 2005 at Sambalteevu near Trincomalee
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Route of the traditional two-month Pāda Yātrā from Jaffna to Kataragama. Click on map to view at full size.

The traditional two month long Pāda Yātrā or foot pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama annually in May-June-July is neither a peace march nor a political rally, but a traditional procession of village devotees who represent the rural voice of Sri Lanka.

The Pāda Yātrā tradition is an essential part of Lanka's multi-cultural ethos. The Yātrā begins with pilgrims moving from one sacred site to another, with their numbers growing as the Yātrā progresses. Over 30,000 pilgrims walked the final leg through Yala National Park in 2004.


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