●Ravana’s Aviation Route :by Sri Lanka
•Recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has sought relevant documents and literature from the public to study the mythological character Ravana’s “aviation routes
•The project aims to bring out an authoritative narrative about King Ravana as there are many stories about Ravana flying aircrafts and covering these aerial routes.
•According to the civil aviation authority, it was Ravana who used a flying machine called “Dandu monara” to fly not only within the country, but also in the South East Asia region.
[Sri Lanka’s tourism sector promotes the ‘Ramayana trail’ for visitors from India — one of Sri Lanka’s largest tourism markets.]
•Sri Lanka named its first satellite Ravana-1 launched in June 2019
•The majority Sinhala-Buddhists community hail the King Ravana.
[ Story of Ramayana from Sri lanka would be interesting naa!😜 ]
•The community focuses upon Theravada Buddhism, which is the majority belief system of most of the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka.
•Sinhalese are the largest ethnic group on the island.
•It mostly originated in reaction to the colonisation of Sri Lanka by the British Empire and became increasingly assertive in the years following the independence of the country.
•The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is rooted in the discrimination against the Tamil minority by the Sinhalese majority after the end of British colonial domination in 1948.
•It is the most ancient branch of extant Buddhism today.
•It remains closest to the original teachings of the Buddha.
•Theravada Buddhism developed in Sri Lanka and subsequently spread to the rest of Southeast Asia.
•It is the dominant form of religion in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
•In India, this strain of Buddhism is represented by the followers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, known as the Ambedkar Buddhists, who are exclusive to India