- Title: SRI LANKA: PILGRIMS CLIMB AMAM'S PEAK TO WORSHIP BUDDHA.
- Date: 1st May 1973
- Summary: 1. GV of the peak 3 ft 2. Pilgrims walking up to the peak (4 shots) 19 ft 3. Water fall and people having bath in the steam (2 shots) 26 ft 4. More people walking to the peak 32 ft 5. Pilgrims worshipping (4 shots) 45 ft 6. Pilgrims coming down after worshipping 49 ft Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 16th May 1973 13:00
- Location: MASKELIYA, SRI LANKA
- Country: Sri Lanka
- Reuters ID: LVAEU8LC642FC5DXO5SGYPW03I0S
- Story Text: In Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, thousands of devout pi??? ???tly ??? their annual climb up Adam's Peak in the Maskeliya region to worship Buddha.
On the way up the mountain, the worshippers stop to wash in one of the ??? ???s. It is a way of purifying the soul before reaching the peak.
The climb usually takes the pilgrims about four and a half hours. At the summit, they kneel in front of the Sri Pada -- or sacred foot-???. Hindus believe that the foot print was made by their God -- Lord Siv???, while the Muslims believe it was made by Allah.
The climb, the washing ceremony and the final offerings at the mountain-top shrine usually take the entire day.
The event is perhaps the most important on the Sri Lanka religious calender.
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