Adams Peak ( The Buddha's Footprint)
Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
86Trip End Feb 28, 2010
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All the seats in the train were taken and the only room was in the buffet car which had tables but no chairs. Some people sat on these but I chose to sit on my bag on the floor. At Hatton I took a tuk tuk to Dalhouse which is at the foot of the 2234 mountain which they call Sri Pada. This is another place for pilgrimage and many people I met in my travels round Sri Lanka had been there at least once in their lives.This is the place the Buddha is said to have come and left his foot imprint. For Christians and Moslems also, this place is saced because the footrpint is said to be that of Adam's, hence the name.
From my hotel room I could see the mountain in the distace and I was very apprehensive about getting to the top
I struggled on and the TEmple seemed to get no nearer. With the power cut climbing meant there were no lights to show me the way, so in the darkness it was very much like doing the walk as they would have done in the olden days. The young people bounded up chanting as they went. Several old people were helped up by relatives, as were mums with babies. I was impressed by their devototion. Although I had a torch I wondered how others managed to see with only the light of the staars.
I arrived at the top at about midnight and found lots of people worshiping at the shrine at the very top
Below that were a couple of big rooms and these were full of people sleeping whislt they waited for sunrise. I had no alternative but to sit outside but wih 4 hours to go it was going to be a long wait
At 615 the first rays of the sun lit up the eastern sky. Then very slowly was the first sight of sun behind a far off peak. It was an emotional time for many. A group of men played drums and trumpets as the sun climbed higher and higher and filled the mist covered valleys. valleys. The the head monk began to chant and people sat down to pray. This seemed to be the highlight of the trip for many pilgrims.
I made my way down slowly and although the knees hurt it was a good night and dy.