Full Moon Day at Ramboda Sri Baktha Hanuman temple

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

It was another special day at Sri Baktha Hanuman temple in Ramboda. The day was a full moon day in the month of October; freezing cold early in the morning, free of all the rays of the sun that are fully spreaded only after mid morning.

And there is spiritual looking Veerappa Chandrabose-busy running up and down the hill to bring flowers, silk, and other items for decoration at the temple, since daybreak. He has already begun to dress and decorate a brass statue of Sri Baktha Hanuman. He was willing to talk while working.

Veerappa Chandrabose (25), who hails from Pussallawa, began his career as a garland maker ten years ago. He has been making garlands for the Sri Baktha Hanuman temple ever since its inception in 1999.

Verappa Chandrabose says “Hanuman safeguards whoever believes him. I have total trust on him. I have a lot of problems in my life. But I surrender everything to him to look after”.

He gets flowers from Mathampai and Kurunegala to make garlands. Different coloured wool is also used with flowers to make garlands for special occasions. He is energetic and enthusiastic to be more creative. He gets delighted when the devotees praise him about the stunning styles in garland making. His acknowledgment would be a simple smile.

Apart from making garlands and undertaking decorations of statues at temple. He makes garlands for weddings and age attaining ceremonies. He used to travel to Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Colombo to decorate temples for festivals. But due to the current situation he does not travel to North and East. And also he owns a small shop at the foot of the mountain, which sells religious items such as idols, holy threads and garlands.

“Senthooram” is being appiled to Sri Baktha Hanuman. “Senthooram” symbolises victory. “Senthooram” is only offered at Hanuman temples

Sri Baktha Hanuman in Ramboda is 18 feet tall

“Kopuram”-the main tower of the temple

Devotees believe Sri Baktha Hanuman is a saviuor

Chief priest of the temple Maheswara Kurukkal places “Senthooram” on the forehead of a devotee

Veerappa Chandrabose dresses up Sri Bhaktha Hanuman

Sri Bhatha Hanuman brass statue is taken on procession on special days

Special poojas are held on full moon days

Flowers are brought from Mathampai and Kurunegala

Flowers stay fresh due to cold climate

Veerappa Chandrabose is looking for a life partner

Sri Baktha Hanuman in “Moolasthaanam”– main shrine of the temple is decorated for the festival

Veerappa Chandrabose decorates Sri Baktha Hanuman with skills that are marked by dexterity and grace

Devotees thronged the temple

Hanuman is considered as the incarnation of Lord Siva

Veerappa Chandrabose is happy about his achievements

Betel leaves and garlands are specially offered to Hanuman

Sri Baktha Hanuman enchants devotees from all ethnicities

Hanuman symbolises devotion and service

Hanuman is one of the most important personalities in the epic-“Ramayanam”

Hanuman’s weapon is “Gada” mace

Veerappa Chandrabose at his shop

Religious items are sold at the foot of the mountain

Hanuman worship is increasingly becoming popular in Sri Lanka

Hanuman is taken on procession outside the temple

Men carried Hanuman on the shoulders

Long hours were spent in the temple

It’s a belief that, Hanuman is easily reachable by chanting the name “Rama”

Flower petals are sprinkled and the Hanuman idol is welcomed at the main entrance of the temple

View of the Sri Baktha Hanuman temple in Ramboda from another mountain

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11 Comments

  1. sathiyajith says:

    Pictures are awesome !! brought me the good old memories and blessings

    take care
    best wishes
    sathya

  2. shiromi says:

    awesome!!!!!!.
    I never been to this temple. I wish I could go to this place one day.
    love to all srilankan people
    shiro

  3. Thevi says:

    fantastic.!!!!….good job.. keep it up..I really miss my home.
    Thevi

  4. amar says:

    awesome!!!!!!. awesome!!!!!!. awesome!!!!!!. awesome!!!!!!.

  5. venkat says:

    what a good imeges

    vandarful

    venkat

  6. CrippLeD SaM says:

    || Om Shri Hanumate Namah: ||

    Thank You very much for these cool Pictures!

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    http://hanumanji.wordpress

    YouRs SinCereLy M!sTer CrippLeD SaM

  7. gowri says:

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    No words to discribe Anchaneya. I have never been to this temple.in fur I wish to go to this place.realy he is vry great.

    Srirama jeyam jai Anchaneya.

  8. || Om namh hanumantey Bhay Bhanjnay Shukham Karu fat Swaha: ||
    Thank you fore see Photo,
    SriRam Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram

  9. Nimanka says:

    Ohh what a great pictures… I’m also went the hanuman swami’s temple in Ramboda. But not a Full moon day. I will like to go again and again.That is one of mind considerate place which has in Sri Lanka. Soooooo Jaya Jaya Hanuman>Sri Rama Dutham>Wayu Puthram> Wanara weeram> Rama Baktham> Rama Puthra namah! Sri Anjaneyya…

  10. miuki says:

    very nice photographs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gonna visit this temple

  11. Pathmanathan Gurusankar says:

    Now i am not in srilanka….. but when i was there….. for the full moon day i was there……. but i still suffering without coming to see my anjaneyar…… but i am always keep touch with this site…… i am really thank ful for u all…….

    Pathmanathan Gurusankar