Navy helps annual foot pilgrimage to Sella Kataragama


Sri Lanka Navy, as it has been the practice, is lending its helping hand to devotees who are engaged in foot pilgrimage, known as ‘Paada Yaathra’ from the entrance of Kumana National Park to Kumbukkan Oya. The traditional foot pilgrimage marches from Jaffna to Sella Kataragama annually, with the participation of many devotees.

At the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and under the supervision of Commander Southeastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Prasad Kariyapperuma, and naval personnel attached to the command are providing medical, lifesaving and other services to thousands of devotees marching on foot from Kumana to Kumbukkan Oya.

The entrance of Kumana National Park will be open until 5 August 2022 to devotees intending to join this foot pilgrimage and the Navy has made arrangements to assist them until such time, as part of another Naval Social Responsibility initiative.