Pilgrimage season Sri Pada (Mountain of Butterflies)
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Photo Shoot on 2009-02-21
Sri pada pilgrims follow a number of traditions procedures. It\'s customary for first time climbers to bathe at the stream call Seetha Gangula and to pile white cloth on their heads. At indikatu pana (place of the needle). The devotees stop and hang a threaded needle in to a shrub by paths side, marking a spot where the Buddha is said to have stopped to mend a tear in his road. It is bad form, by the way, to ask how far is it to the top...? Instead just exchange the greetings karunawai:peace. Some sing folk songs. The huge bell at the summit is strucked by every pilgrim once for each time they visited. Present visit is not counted, as it\\\'s not completed until they return home. Wearing a sweater is a must as it could be very cold at the summit.