The earth on the Jaffna Peninsula, once a hotbed of war, is becoming somewhat mysterious. This land is built on a layer of limestone, with hot springs and bottomless springs.
Today, the invisible well at the bottom of the Nilavarai has become a popular tourist destination. This well is located in the “Piti Nilavarai” area about 10 km from the city of Jaffna and is of historical as well as geological importance.
The history of the folklore built around it goes back thousands of years. According to the villagers, at one point during the Rama Ravana war, troops led by Prince Rama had arrived in the Jaffna Peninsula. It is said that Prince Rama pierced the earth with his bow because his army was very thirsty and then this spring emerged from the earth where the arrow pierced.
However, this is a place with a history of thousands of years. Today this well is used for water supply to the people of the area. The area with the well has been named as an archeological reserve due to the nearby finds of the ruins of an ancient dagoba and several temples.
For a long time, the people around believed that this well had no bottom. They also believe that the lime thrown into the temple after the rituals at the temple will come out of the Keeramale sea. However, the lives of several people ended up falling into this well.
Meanwhile, officials of the Galle Maritime Archaeological Unit are beginning an exploration of this well. “Vasley Kalaskinov”, a world-renowned diver with diving experience in such difficult places in the world, joins it.
Going to a depth of about ten meters, the water has taken on a muddy nature. It lasts up to about ten meters deep. As a result, sunlight does not reach the bottom. After 20 meters the water is still stagnant but salty like seawater.
They find the highest point at the bottom at a depth of about 40 meters. Other places go even deeper. The special feature of this well is that as the well gets deeper, its width increases to 15. that. Thus it can be thought of as connected to the sea.
Divers find a cart in addition to the rubbish at the bottom. But this is not an ancient cart. It is a cart that was pushed into the well by a competitor in pain after losing a race some time ago.
Such marine archaeologists have unearthed several fossils of oysters believed to belong to the Miocene. Although this is the most famous well of its kind in the Jaffna Peninsula, two other such springs are found in Jaffna. They are from Pokkani and Mayakkai areas.
It is possible that all this was due to the limestone layer in the earth in Jaffna.
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