Japanese Peace Pagoda in Roomassala
ගාල්ල රූමස්සල ජපාන සාම චෛත්යය
, known to colonialists as Buona Vista, is the subject of many
legends. It is featured in the Ramayana, as the home of the beautiful Queen
According to the Ramayana it is also said that Hanuman dropped a chunk
of ‘Himalaya’ at Unawatuna (Onna Vetuna - ‘here it fell’) to form the
present mountain, where many medicinal plants still grow. There is a major
magnetic anomaly near Unawatuna, which Arthur C. Clarke attributes to a meteorite
strike, and it is said that satellites lose their orbits with unusual
frequency overhead. The Portuguese had a dreadful reputation in Sri Lanka
as looters and pirates, are said to have given false light signals from Rumassala
to lure unsuspecting Arab trading ships onto the rocks.
Peace Pagodo - Sama Ceitya
According to legend the Monkey-warrior Hanuman was sent back to India to
fetch the four medicinal herbs, mritasanjeevani, vishalyakarani, suvarnakarani
and sandhani from Himalaya in mountains to heal Lakshman who was wounded
in his great battle with Ravana to save the abducted Princess Sita as he
failed to identify the herbs he uprooted the mount and ferried it to the
battlefield and a chunk of that “fell-down” forming the
and the name of the village derived from Unna-watuna meaning “fell down”.
The birth of prince Siddhartha
How does one reach
? One has to pass Galle Town from Colombo towards
Kataragama and in about 10 minutes a sign board to Rumassala “Rumassala Sama
Ceitya” comes into view on the sea side. After five minutes from the sign
board on the narrow road you reach the Sama Ceitya.
Enlightenment of the Buddha
Sama Ceitya is the stupa which was built by the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji
Nikaya in 23rd February 2004. It is called “Peace Pagoda”. There are
four stupas of this kind in Sri Pada, Bandarawela, Walapane and Ampara. In
addition to these you can see this type of stupas in America, India, Australia,
Japan, Nepal and Italy. By 2000, 80 Peace Pagodas had been built around the
world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Right angled big square typed rock
“We must not forget that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country. We want to protect
this country and Buddhism. It is for this purpose that five stupas were built
in Sri Lanka. When we look at history it proves this country has pure Buddhism.
There were many kings who built many stupas in their kingdoms. For example
king Dutugemunu built Ruwanweli Maha Seya, the largest stupa in Sri Lanka.
“But during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British we lost
our religion, culture and other good values. The stupa is a symbol of Buddhism.
We want to develop our religion day by day. It is mainly for this purpose
that we decided to build five Peace Pagodas in Sri Lanka,” said Venerable
Asami who is the Japanese representative from Nipponzan Myohoji.
Venerable Asami has been living in Sri Lanka for 27 years and in Galle
11 years. The 59 year old Thera Reverend can speak fluent Sinhala and
has a very good rapport with the people in Galle.
The attainment of parinibbana
Those on ships calling at the Galle port can see the stupa. It is a very
good sign to say that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country.
This Peace Pagoda is designed to provide a focus for people of all races
and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most
(though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985),
a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan - Myohoji Buddhist
Order. Fuji was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931
and decided to devote his life to promote non-violence. In 1947, he began
constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines of World Peace.
The sea - as seen from Rumassala
The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese
cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the
the atomic bombs took the lives of
over 150,000 people during the World War II.
There is a staircase to the stupa and we can go around it. There are four
Buddha Statues around it and they indicate the birth of prince Siddhartha,
His Enlightenment and the attainment of Parinibbana.
statue of Maithree Bodhisattva
From this place we could see the magnificent view of the sea. There’s a
beach track from Sama Ceitya to the sea with fully grown trees on either
Text and pictures by Ganga pradeepa
Daily News - 19 December 2008
Travelling further pass the Peace Pagoda is another temple call Sri Vivekaramaya
of Rumassala. The temple contains some interesting structures.
One is the image of Hanuma carrying the piece of the himalaya
mountain in its hand. The other is a figure of Maithree Bodhisattva
Travel Directions to to Peace Pagoda at Roomasala
Route from Galle
Route from Colombo
Distance :5 km
Travel time : 10 mins
Driving directions :
see on google map
Though : Southern Highway
Distance :125 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions :
see on google map
Created : November 12, 2009
July 15, 2012