For those who are familiar with the Ramayana epic (the world’s largest ancient piece of classical literature), you will be conversant with Seetha, King Ravana and Rama. According to the story, about 5,000 years ago, Seetha was held captive by King Ravana at the place where the Kovil is built. It is learned that Rama rescued her and the Seetha Amman Kovil, commemorating Seetha, was built
Although there are couple of Seetha Kovils outside of Sri Lanka, the ‘only Seetha temple in the world’ where Seetha was actually held captive is at Seetha Eliya. Located about 5 km from the Nuwara Eliya city and surrounded by the countryside and settled beside a gentle stream, the Seetha Amman Kovil holds quite a bit of significance for the locals, with many Hindus making their way to the kovil to perform poojas after marriage. The Kovil is partially covered with forest, providing a beautiful backdrop to the colourful kovil that sits beside it. The kovil is breathtakingly beautiful, with tons of orange, blue and gold making the vibrant complex stand out even from a distance. The timings of the Poojas are usually between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.