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PLACES OF HINDU RELIGIOUS INTERESTS Chilaw - Munneshwaram Sivan Temple Munneswaram Kovil in Sri LankaLying 4km to the east of Chilaw, the Munneswaram Kovil is one of the  most important Shiva temples in the island and an important pilgrimage site. Its origins are popularly  claimed to date back to the mythical era of the Ramayana, and legend states that Bahnu himself  worshipped here. The original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese, and the present building dates  from the British era. The best time to visit is for the evening puja, held around 5pm, when the whole  place comes alive with pilgrims, drumming and temple ceremonies.    A lively local festival is celebrated here each year in either August or September, with fire walking. A  highly revered temple dedicated to Shiva and associated with Kali, its deity’s name can be translated as  the ‘Lord of Antiquity’ and its goddess as the ‘Goddess of Beautiful Form’. About an hour away, it is well  worth a visit.  Jaffna - The Miracle Springs of Naguleshwaram in Keerimalai Believed to hold the magical powers to cure various physical ailments including a disagreeable face the  fresh water springs of Keerimalai lies next to the soaring Indian ocean in west of Palay. A pool built  surrounding the springs is a sought after bathing place believed to cure many physical ailments including  disfigured faces. The Hindu temple nearby had been built by a Pandayan princess in gratitude of curing  her horse shaped head, whose statue stands in a revering position by the pool.   Jaffna - Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Temple Nallur Kandaswamy temple is one of the most impressive religious building in Jaffna and one of the most  significant Hindu temple complexes in the country dedicated to God Murugan.  The kovil’s 15th-century structure was vandalized by Portuguese in the 17th century and the current  structure was rebuilt in 1734. Its beautifully maintained large and airy space shelters decorative brass  work, larger-than-life murals, pillared halls and a colonnaded, stepped holy pool, all dominated by the  golden-ochre, god-encrusted gopuram peering down one length of Point Pedro Road. The temple hosts  an enormous and spectacular Hindu festival for over 25 days in July/August, which climaxes on the  twenty fourth with parades of floats and displays of self-mutilation by entranced devotees.  Jaffna - Shree Nagapooshani Amman Hindu Temple Situated in the isle of Nagadeepa just thirty km form the Jaffna peninsula, Shree Nagapooshani  (Bhuvaneswari) Amman Hindu Temple is wrapped in thousand years of myth and legend. Dedicated to  Parvati who is known as Nagapooshani and her consort, Shiva, the temple is known to be one of the  prominent 64 Shakti Peethams. Believed to have been established by Lord Indra himself the temple is  believed to have been built by a Chola merchant travelling from India to Sri Lanka, however was  destroyed and rebuilt in the 18th century.  Kalubowilla - Sri Panjamuga Anjaneyar Temple n most South Indian Hindu temples around the world, Kumbabishekam, or the consecration ceremony of  the temple, performed once every 12 years. It is usually done to purify the temple after a renovation or  simply done to renew the purity of the temple. Hindus flock to witness this event on the consecration  date as it is believed that witnessing it gives a good soul 1000 "punya", or good karma.    Swami Chandrasekaran was born in the year 1948 in Nawalapitiyia town of Nuwara- eliya district. His  parents were of Indian origin (Kerala). At the early age of 11 it was observed that Swami ji used to often  go into trance while chanting Hanuman chalisa and used to start vibrating & jumping vehemently  thereafter.    After completing his school education, Swami ji worked for several years in Jaffna, Kandy & Colombo.  While serving as a personal secretary to the proprietor of a Swedish company in Kadawatha namely  Swede Lanka Engineering P Ltd, Swamiji used to visit a temple in Dehiwala in the evenings and helped  devotees in eradicating their problems such as health, personal or any other social problems.    At a later stage Swami ji rented a small house in Allen Avenue in Dehiwala and started preaching in the  holy name of Sri Anjaneyar and arranged Anyadanam on every Sunday. As Swamiji’s preaching spread  across the country, almost 2000 devotees started following him and finally it was decided in 1996 that  the first Pancha Mukha Anjaneyar temple will be constructed in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka.  Kathirgamam - Kathirgamam Murugan Temple Located in close proximity to the Kataragama town, this charming holiday home provides  comfortable accommodation in twenty two elegantly furnished, spacious bedrooms. Each room  comes with an attached bathroom with a choice of A/C or Non A/C offered among the rooms. A  spectacular view of the golden crops are available from the patio where one can relax and enjoy  a cup of warm tea as the gentle breeze caresses your skin. The modestly decorated large dining hall greets its quests with mouthwatering vegetarian dishes,  prepared by our experienced chefs. While the garden is relatively small, the colourful flowers in  bloom and the surrounding paddy fields add to the beauty and serenity of this charming holiday  home. Inside, the cozy living room which also makes for a TV room is the perfect location to  enjoy those quiet evenings. Ramboda - Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple According to the legend, this is where Hanuman searched for Sita in the jungles above and behind the  temple. There is supposed to be a stretch of barren land known as the ‘Chariot Path' on which Ravana  took Sita to Ashoka Vatika to showcase the beauty of his kingdom to her. There is also said to be a pond  - the ‘Sita Tear Pond' - here, which was formed from Sita's tears. The temple itself is one of the more  enterprising establishments devoted to this legend, and contains a granite statue of Lord Hanuman that  is said to be over 40 feet tall.It is believed that Lord Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi from these hills  of Ramboda. The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama's forces were gathered against  Ravana. Ram Padai means Rama's Force. The hills of Ramboda is also believed where Hanuman was  searching for Sitadevi.  On every full moon day special poojas are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.  Senthooram” is being appiled to Sri Baktha Hanuman. “Senthooram” symbolises victory. “Senthooram” is  only offered at Hanuman temples  Nuwaraeliya - Seetha amman Temple Ramayana Tours in Sri Lanka. The ultimate spiritual travel experience in Asia… We offer you  an  opportunity to follow the Ramayana trails and visit the most important Ramayana sights in Sri Lanka.   These tours  are exclusively for religious and spiritual Hindus but also offers an in-depth knowledge of  Ramayana heritage in Sri Lanka, for the non-Hindus  People living in the areas where these events took place, still remember the connection of their village to  the great history of Ramayana. Village court at the area where Seetha devi undertook “Agni Pariksha” is  still considered valid if oaths taken at that place. The soil of the battlefields of Ramayana is still remains  in red colour surrounded by lighter coloured soil. Exotic Himalayan herbs are found suddenly among the  tropical Sri Lankan forests & mountains. Incredibly, the names of these places have come down unchanged from centuries to the present, though  mass social, cultural and religious changes have taken place in Sri Lanka since.  Join us in our exploration of the Ramayana trails in Sri Lanka. See the footprints of Lord Hanuman and  lots of legendary places…  We have a wide selection of Ramayana tours in Sri Lanka which you can choose from. While we offer  pre planned tour packages, we take pride in designing tour packages according to your needs and  requirements. Visit “Plan your tour” page, and just tell us precisely what you'd like to do, see, and where  you'd like to go. We will custom design a tour just for you! Trincomalee- Thiruketheeswaram Sivan Temple Tiruketeeswaram is an ancient Hindu temple in Manthota, about seven miles north of the Mannar Town.  According to legend, it was at this ancient temple that Kethu Bhagavan worshiped Lord Siva. Hence the  shrine acquired the name of Tiruketeeswaram.  This temple dedicated to the worship of the God Siva has been the most venerated for centuries and the  holy waters of the Palavi Tank by its side are venerated in the sacred hymns of two great Saivite saints,  Thirugnana Sambandhar and Sundarar, who lived in the 7th and 8th Centuries respectively. This is one  of the five main kovils scattered around the country dedicated to God Siva.  Although there is no record of the origin of the temple, hindus believe that this temple was built in the pre  christian times. Since the port of Manthota in Mannar has been in used long before Christ and has been  main entry port to Sri Lanka from India, this may well be true.  Trincomalee - Thirukkoneshwaram Sivan Temple Universal condemnations pile up against the destruction of 1,500 year old Buddha statues in  Afghanistan. The 21st century world is different from that which existed 400 years ago when Portuguese  generals destroyed more than 500 temples in the island of Sri Lanka.   Thirukoneswaram was one of the temples demolished by the Portuguese. In an effort to conquer and  rule a nation, the invaders kill the leaders of the conquered people and destroy their places of worship.  Four hundred years ago, no nation in the world opposed this practice. However, history suggests that the  Tamils have preserved their heritage through many generations and have rebuilt that which was  destroyed. Thirukoneswaram, rebuilt in 1963, is an excellent example and  illustrates the resilience  exhibited by our forefathers.  By 1624, the Portuguese destroyed many ancient temples in Eelam. Berndi Kovil, near Avissavela, in  1552, Muneswaram near Chillaw, in 1575, the Vishnu temple at Dondra, in 1588, Thirukatheeswaram, in  1589, and Nallur Kandasamy Kovin, in 1621, were destroyed. But the Portuguese showed utmost  indifference to Thirukoneswaram temple in Trincomalee (Thirukonamalai), until 1622. In 1622,  Constantine de Sa de Menzes was alarmed at the possibility of rivals taking possession of the port in  Trincomalee. He ruthlessly demolished the ancient temple of Thirukoneswaram, desirous of amassing its  wealth as booty, and to use the rubble to fortify the Trincomalee harbor.  It was New Years day of 1624 in Thirukoneswaram. The temple had one thousand pillars and, at that  time, esteemed to be one of the richest temples in Southeast Asia. It had in its possession large amounts of gold, pearls, precious stones, and silk, which has been endowed over one thousand years.   Its origins are steeped in antiquity. Thirukonamalai is mentioned in ancient Hindu chronicles of Dekshana  Kailasa Puranam, Ramayanam, Kanda Puranam. Accurate timing of these events has not been  established. However, these chronicles appear to narrate events that took place approximately four to  five thousand years before the birth of Christ.  
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