Unawatuna, Romancing Rumassala, One and Future Myth. (Part 2)

Unawatuna, Romancing Rumassala,
One and Future Myth. (Part 2)

Second part of the article,

The entrance had been blocked with a heavy slab of stone. Rama lifted the stone-slab and freed Sita. Henceforth, the place was known as "The Location where Rama lifted the stone-slab" (Rama Issu Gala) - Rumassala.

This, seemingly naive interpretation, totally ignores the crucial spirit of the Epic-Ramayana. Ravana, treated Sita right royally. She was provided an elaborate palace. In such a context to suggest that Sita was confined to a cave, closed with a heavy stone-slab, is not at all acceptable. To my mind, Rumassala is simply "Ramassala" "The Mount of Rama". From childhood, I have had the opportunity of listening to an extensive series of "sub-myths" relating to the legendary "Rumassala".

I was born in the shadow of Rumassala. To us, in the village of Unawatuna, the Mount of Rama, was a form of natural fornication.

When the disastrous Tsunami, unleashed its fury, our village was saved, as Rumnassala proved a protective rampart. The two edges of the Rumassala, escarpment, suffered grievously.

Myths have it, that, the potent medicinal herbs from the Himalayas, that brought Laxman back to life, are still there, growing wild. Four varieties of life-giving herbs are especially referred to.

They are mrta sanjeevani (the herb that brings the dead back to life), vishalya kavani, uvarnakarani and sandhani are the miraculous healers. Fabulous herb, that possesses the capacity to transform an aged person to youthfulness, called "Kalunika", still exists in Rumassala, according to legend.

The long promontory, at the far edge of the eastern end of Rumassala, is the site of the ancient "Beach Shrine" (Welle Devala).

When we were children, about 80 years ago, we would watch the sea, from this "Wella Devala". From there, we could have the fascinating view of massive waves, breaking into white clouds of spray, on the large boulders.

Myth has it that, a God sailed into this section of the sea, adjacent to the present Wella Devale, on a raft of stone. He settled down at this site, and eventually became the ceptral divinity of a cult. The annual pageant of the devale, dates back to that ancient era, when that God, sailed into the present site of the devale.

To Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, when he visited this site way back in 1956, the sea was the diver's dream. His keenest hobby was diving, Dr. Arthur C. Clarke let it be known, that the sea at the edge of Rumassala, was perhaps the best site in the world for diving enthusiasts. The explorations of Dr. Arthur C Clarke, added another and unparalleled dimension to the myths and legends associated with Rumassala. Dr. Clarke revealed, that there was a place, in the sea next to Rumassala, that did not come within the magnetic field, that extends over the totality of the planet's surface.
This "hiatus" could have occurred because some unknown metal or a similar entity was buried deep in that location of the sea. This could have happened millions of years ago. (This is yet another "fall", relating to this Rumassala region).

Dr. Clarke pointed out, that the communications Satellites, placed in the "Clarke Orbit", 21,300 miles up in space, move along and stay exactly above the magnetic "hiatus", near Rumassala. This happens when their fuel is exhausted. This is yet another Rumassala legend.

Legend of Ravana

According to legend, Ravana, flew in  his aircraft known as Pushpaka (popularly identified as the Dandu Monara - the wooden peacock), visiting places in India. Amazingly, it could be stated that this Lankan ruler of myth and legend, is the first man in human history, to operate an Airline. As irony would have it his famous passenger - Sita, was brought along forcibly in his private plane.

Rumassala, in its days of glory would have been a veritable haven ofbio-diversity. Onthologist Clive Byess, has recorded observing more than 60 species of rare endemic birds, in Rumassala. Even the forms of sea - life that flourished in seas adjacent to Rumassala, have been astonishing in range and variety,

In my childhood days, I can remember, how, some young adventure seeking persons, would, visit Rumassala in the night, to "hunt" lobsters. This "hunt" was even life threatening. They had to pull out the lobsters from the rocky slopes of the mountain. If they missed the right rhythm, the waves would dash them on the rock.

I was persuaded to probe these leg - ends and myths, partly because, I was motivated in getting some enthusiast interested in undertaking an extensive research effort, that could embrace all facets of the fascinating Rumassala story

To me, the totality of the Rumassala escarpment, is a kind of living and breathing being

If you look at Rumassala, from the ramparts of the Dutch Fort Galle, the whole of the hill may appear to you very much like a gigantic snub-nosed dragon, about to dive into the depths of the Indian Ocean.

But, what really matters, is to be aware, that this mysterious, legend rich mountain, may still possess secrets that could surprise even the sophisticated moderns of our day.

The End.
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