Pulpally - home of the Sita Temple
The legend of Ramayana reenacted
The part that deals with the story of Sri Ram and Sita Devi after the newly crowned king of Ayodhya deserts his wife is titled Uttara Ramayana. The high tragedy of the epic leads to conclusion with the poignant scene when Sita Devi the cherished daughter of mother earth returns to her bosom as the earth parts open under her feet.
An annual ritual held at the famous Sita Devi temple at Pulpally Wayanad (see map on the home page) is the Ramayana procession commemorating the story of Uttara Ramayanam. The story revolves around the later events that take place in the forests of Pulpally where sage Valmiki had his ashram. A pregnant Sita Devi brings forth her twin babies who are named Lav and Kush. The children grow up in the precincts of the sage’s tranquil ashram.
The commemorative parikramanam (procession march) covers a distance of 24 kms starting in the morning at the Sita Devi temple and concludes at the lord Hanuman shrine in the middle of Pulpally town. The event takes place in the month of Karkkidakam coinciding with July.
Pulpally is connected to the rest of Wayanad by good roads. Mysore is the nearest city to Pulpally in the state of Karnataka a mere 45 minute drive across some of nature’s best forest scenery with opportunities to see wild life in their natural habitat.
The procession is jointly organized by the Sita Devi Temple and Mata Amritanandamayi Math headquartered in Kollam but with schools and ashrams located in Wayanad at Mananthavady, Pulpally and Meppadi towns.