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The Famous Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Shrine in Jaffna District of Northern Province of Sri Lanka



One of the most significant Hindu Shrine in the Jaffna District of Northern Province of Sri Lanka is the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil temple. Created by

‘Don Juan’ Ragunatha Maapaana Mudaliyar.It is socially very important institution for the Sri Lanka Tamils Hindu God and Many other shrines have been built up in Europe and North America using the same name as a cultural memory.

Lord Muruga(The son of Lord Shiva a.k.a Karthikeya) was the presiding deity form of the holy Vel.The idol of Goddess Nallur Devi was gifted to the temple in 10th century AD by the Chola Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi in the style of Sembian Bronzes.

The Origin :

The foundation of the shrine was laid in 948 AD on the land called ‘Kurukkal Valavu’. Many foreigners had invaded around several times in different places within the area of Nallur.The shrine was dedicated to an Islamic Sufi saint in the temple complex from 1734 to 1749 which was again relocated in 1749 when the structure of Shrine was built.

A historian named Yalpana Vaipava Malai stated that the temple was developed at the site in 13th century by Puvenaya Vaku who was the Minister to the Jaffna king Kalinga Magha.Sampumal Kumaraya who was also known as Chempaha Kumaraya in Tamil was the adopted son of King Bhuvanekabahu,The king of Korte who was given credits to renovate the third Nallur Kandaswamy temple in the 15th Century.

Nallur is the capital of the Jaffna kings,with the Royal Palace situated very close to the temples.

 Most of the rebuilt shrines are not present at the original locations are now occupied instead by the Portuguese Churches.The shrine which was present at Sankili Thoppu was demolished by the Portuguese General Philip de Oliveira in 1621.The Dutch presided over the Jaffna District in 1658.At Sankili Thoppu, the church was erected where once the temple stood.

Current Shrine :

In 1749 AD the fourth present shrine was constructed during the Dutch colonial Era by Mr Krishna Suba Iyer and Mr Raghunatha Maapaana Mudaliyar in the ‘Kurukkal Valavu’ which is premises of original shrine.

The Making & Interiors of the Shrine :

Originally the shrine had two main halls.The first clock tower was made in 1899,The main hall where the lance of diety resided was re furbished in 1902.In 1964,the ‘Vasantha Mandapam’ or the Grand hall was renovated to give a magnificent look and rich feel.

The main entrance of the shrine faced towards the East was ornately carved five storey tower in the Dravidian architectural style just at the main entrance.

Inner yard the surroundings were of Lords Ganesha,Vairavar,Sun and Sandana Gopala.The southern part of this shrine has a holy pond and Thandayudhapaani temple which is dedicated to Lord Muruga.The northern side has a big holy Garden.

Festival at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

The festival begins with Kodietram (Flag -hosting) on the sixth day following the New moon in the month of Adi (August) which continues for twenty five days.The diety inside the inner precincts at afternoon and outer precincts in the evening daily.Lord Skanda does the rounds accompanied by the consorts Valli and Teivayanai.The vehicles are lavishly rich having a variety ranging from Peacock,Silver Swan,Silver Rishapam,The cobra,the Green Peacock,The house etc.The Kailaasa Vehicle consists of the bed and chariot which is a special attraction.

Many devotees and penitents can be seen bearing kavadis and having pierced bodies with hooks and spears without having any pain or harm which is the act of enormous faith and atonement.

Originally Nallur Kandaswamy Temple was on same same grand scale but currently it is much smaller area wise.

It is still one of the largest and historically Magnificent Shrine existing in Sri Lanka.

The temple consists of four Kopurams,massive huge golden ochre Rajagopuram which is around seven storied (22-25m)tall.Few of the gopurams were built within the last decade.The inner and outer circles function as normal roads except when the shrine has an elaborate festival.

The beautiful sculptures and architecture created by architects were bought by India and the shrine is a visual delight for the devotees.

The Nallur Kandaswamy Shrine is a very eminent and important relic of Sri Lanka.It has been praised in the ancient texts around the world.

The Shrine unveiled it’s new Nine storey Raja Gopuram also named as Shanmuha Raja Gopuram on 21st August 2011 with an entrance called ‘Swarna Vaasal’.

Later another New Raja Gopuram was unveiled on 4th September 2015 creating a New Northern entrance to the shrine complex known as Gubera Raja Gopuram the entrance was named as ‘Kubera Vaasal’ .The southern Tower till the date is recorded as the biggest Gopuram in the Island.’Guberan’ is the deity of wealth and protects the northern direction.Local people believed that Gopuram will attract more wealth to the people of Jaffna Peninsula.

Epilogue :

The Grandeur and Charm of Nallur Kandaswamy Shrine has immense beauty which adds to its lure that leads the devotees awestruck which also rewinds the history of olden era which is retained till now luxuriously.

Written By :

Dr Nikita Pawar


(Mumbai) India


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Indianapolis based DJ and Entrepreneur Iman Tucker set to release first sneaker after the huge success of his apparel brand, Believe Brand Co.



It started off by designing premium faith based tees, hats, hoodies, jackets and various custom goods to wear on stage. As his desire for quality increased so did his vision for a brand.

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