The belfry at the summit is associated with an ancient tradition. After reaching the summit, all pilgrims should sound the bell, once for each time they make the climb. Clinging onto the green flanks of the mountain are also many fascinating legends.
There are stories about a magical garden hung with sweet fruits. Nearby the garden is said to be the Diva Guhava, the cave in which Lord Buddha rested during his visit, though no one has come across this mysterious cave so far. These myths have made the mountain a mystical awe-inspiring place.
Saman Devalaya in Ratnapura is dedicated to Saman Deviyo, who is the guardian deity of Sri Pada. It has been recorded that God Saman met Lord Buddha during his first visit to Sri Lanka and attained the higher state of Ariya after listening to the Budda’s sermon. Saman Deviyo is considered to be the guardian of Sri Pada. This deity is a symbol of non-violence and tranquility.