Every year during the Esala festival, thousands of devotees visit the holy land of Lord Skanda in Katharagama on the South-East side of Sri Lanka. These pilgrims make the arduous journey by walking, and then set up camp along the banks of the river adjoining the temple premises for two weeks. To serve these weary pilgrims, the Sathya Sai Centre of Colombo conducted its annual seven-day medical camp during 10–16 July 2019, caring for more than 1,650 pilgrims. They were treated for various ailments including asthma, epilepsy, and other respiratory afflictions. Health services that could not be performed on site were referred to a government hospital.
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