Saman (deity) - Impact On The Sri Lankan Culture

Impact On The Sri Lankan Culture

The dance tradition of Sabaragamuva relates to the god Saman. The costume worn in the dance is said to resemble his cloths. People of Sabaragamuva have much faith in the deity and many of their traditions relate to him. The dances are usually performed in Ratnapura, relating to the worshiping of God Saman much revered by local people.

The Maha Saman Devalaya of Rathnapura, first built by King Parakramabahu II (Pandita Parakramabahu) in 1270 AD, is the main temple dedicated to the deity Saman. Every August this shrine conducts a traditional festival for two weeks every night. This ceremony may be the oldest precession in Sri Lanka, according to a poem sung in "Gara Yakuma" dance, relating to Rama Ravana Story and God Sumana Saman.

There is also a Saman Devalaya at Mahiyangana. In Sandesha literature, poems were written to Sumana Saman for his blessing on the country. Pilgrims who climb the Samanalakanda expect blessings of the deity. They make sure not to anger him. The people living in the area tell many tales of his power and miracles.

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