The Road to Tantirimale from Mahawilachchiya – Prince Leonard, India

Tantirimale

Tantirimale

I experienced riding a motorcycle in Sri Lanka for the first time yesterday. Even though I have ridden all kinds of two wheelers and four wheelers in India for two decades, the ride from Mahawilachchiya to Tantirimale Temple was truly special. I rode solo as I followed Rajitha with Cristina behind him. When we started our travel, we had to endure a difficult and rough mud road until we reached the good service road that brought us to comfortably to Tantimale. On the way, we stopped and Rajitha went to a pond to collect some flowers.

As I rode, I could see a lot of kids dressed in white going towards Tantirimale Temple to attend the Dhamma School on Sunday. After reaching Tantirimale we entered the temple and offered the flowers Rajitha had gathered earlier. We then went around a pond by the temple and began to climb a rock. As we were climbing we saw a beautiful peacock fly by that both surprised and amazed us.

High up the rock, we spent time taking photographs and chatting before descending the mountain to see the Sanghamitta Cave near the Tantirimale Temple. We saw the ancient paintings in another cave and learned about its history. From there, we hiked around the temple’s property. It was a really wonderful experience and an unforgettable memory for me. As we were leaving, we could see many Buddhist students in their white dress with their teachers. Students regularly come on chartered trips arranged by local schools. We were able to see some of the Buddhist monks with pilgrims walking around the temple. We saw the famous reclining Buddha statue along with other magnificent statues here.

After the temple, we took our bikes and started our ride back towards Mahawilachchiya on route to the Mahawilachchiya reservoir where we spent time taking pictures and learning about the importance of the reservoir. We then ate our lunch prepared by Horizon student Tharani’s mother. It consisted of coconut rice (local Sri Lankan food) and some bananas. Although fairly simple, it was quite tasty and filling. Sharing our lunch was a memorable moment between an Indian guy Prince Leonard, Sri Lankan guy Rajitha and a Spanish girl Cristiana.

After spending time at the Mahawilachchiya reservoir, we decided to head home to our destination Nanda’s house, who is the founder and CEO of Horizon Lanka.

I am so happy to volunteer here at Horizon Lanka teaching English to the students. I already experienced teaching English in Gamini School, one of the public schools in Mahawilachchiya. The students enjoyed my teaching and were fascinated to learn from me.  Nanda has been so accommodating to my ideas for classes and will allow me to teach Tamil classes in the near future. It’s indeed a pleasure to be here at Horizon Lanka in Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. My trip to Tantirimale was enjoyable and my experience so far at Horizon Lanka has been incredible.

If you would like to have this one of a kind experience at Horizon Lanka, you are most welcome to volunteer here and take part in a good cause.  Also, please share this story with friends all over the world in your social networks.

Report by Prince Leonard from Chennai, India.

Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Reclining Buddha statue in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Buddha statue in the shrine in Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Buddha statue in the shrine in Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Buddha statue in the shrine in Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Buddha statue in the shrine in Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Natural pond at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Samadhi statue at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
The bell in Tantirimale temple
The bell in Tantirimale temple
Stupa at Tantirimale
Stupa at Tantirimale
Stupa at Tantirimale
Stupa at Tantirimale
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Pilgrims at Tantirimale temple, Mahawilachchiya
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Dhamma School children in Tantirimale
Prince and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilcahchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilcahchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilcahchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilcahchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Prince, Rajitha and Cristina at Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
A lake in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
A lake in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
A lake in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
A lake in Tantirimale, Mahawilachchiya
Panorama view of Tantirimale rocks, Mahawilachchiya
Panorama view of Tantirimale rocks, Mahawilachchiya
Panorama view of Tantirimale rocks, Mahawilachchiya
Panorama view of Tantirimale rocks, Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya
Mahawilachchiya reservoir in Mahawilachchiya

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando is a talented young graphic and web designer from Negombo. He was a Horizon Lanka well-wisher in the past. He has been helping our founder, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, in his web designing assignments.

Sohan came to Horizon Lanka Academy, yesterday, and conducted a workshop on graphic design with Adobe Photoshop. He covered design theories under following subtopics.

1.      Color theories

2.      Typography

3.      Composition alignments

4.      Concept designing

5.      Style versus trends

The workshop was conducted over two days and it was extremely valuable for us. Previously, we had learnt the basics of Photoshop at Horizon Lanka. It did help us to understand the more complex lessons presented by Sohan. We hope he will return when he has more time on his hands to teach us more lessons in graphic and web designing in the future.

Most of the boys at Horizon Lanka prefer to learn programing and coding. But the majority of the girls prefer designing graphics and web sites. Girls prefer to pursue a professional career in graphic, web, audio and video editing. This does not, necessarily, mean that only the boys will become programmers and the girls will become designers. There will always be a mix of both between the genders.

I am good at video editing too and also won a 4G phone this month for becoming the best video editor and presenter at a competition held last year.

Sohan’s teaching is very effective. His workshops are lively. We like his professionalism and precision in teaching. He comes well-prepared for the lessons with the right content.

We performed a few dance items during breaks to add fun to the workshops. We need those computer professionals who read this story to contact us and conduct more workshops for us to acquire more knowledge. We cannot afford to pay for expensive computer courses in the city. So learning at Horizon Lanka Academy is the most practical way.

Even in the past Horizon Lanka students learnt a lot through similar workshops. Two of our past students, Nuwan Sampath Dissanayaka and Majith Rakshitha Perera have become professional graphic designers and they have started their own graphic designing and printing enterprises, now, at Anuradhapura city.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka, Grade 9 – Horizon Lanka Academy tharani@horizonlanka.org

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop