Hindu Temple

The Hindu shrine called Naguleshvaram or or Naguleswaram or Nagulesvara or Nagilesa Kovil belongs to the small town of Keerimalai, also spelt Keerimale or Kirimalai. To many foreign tourists the sanctuary is therefore known as the "temple of Keerimalai". Historically, the temple is also known as Thirutambaleswaram Kovil.

Apart from Nallur Kandaswamy, this is the most venerated Hindu place of worship on the Jaffna peninsula. It's located at its northern shores, 17 km north of Jaffna city and 21 km west of Point Pedro.

The ancient temple of naguleswaram in the north of the island has a distance past from pre historic times. The original high goupuram and structures are no more but a temple stands closest to the historical site carry about the name “Naguleswaram”. It is a famous Hindu temple in Keerimalai. It is situated north of Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is near the ancient port of Kankesanthurai. “Keeri” in Tamil and “Nagula” in Sanskrit mean animal Mongoose, and also “malai” in tamil mean hill. So Keerimalai in Tamil means Mongoose Hill. The legend says Nagula Muni, shrunk by age and while meditating at a cave in Keerimalai was compared to mongoose. He bathed in the springs and his mongoose face was cured. In thankfulness of change, Nagula Muni constructed a small shrine and worshipped the Lingam enshrined there.

Durga Devi Temple at Tellipalai, thousands of devotees congregate daily. Although this temple has become prominent in recent years, it has an old history. It is said that about four hundred years ago, a devout devotee by the name “Kathirkamar” had gone on pilgrimage to India there he worshipped at several Hindu holy Sthalams, Bewares, Mathurai, Rameswaram etc. On his return, arriving at Kankesanturai he had walked a few miles when he felt tired and rested by the Wayside. Durga desired that to be her location. So, he installed the “Sakthi Yantar” which he had carefully brought from Benares, there under an Illupai tree, thus commencing a worship, which is to become an outstanding Devi Temple and the first Kumbabishekam was performed in 1829. Poojas were performed by priests from Kanchipuram and the temple was under the management of one Kathi Rasar Pilai.

On the northernmost seaside of the lovely Isle of Sri Lanka, Adorning the ancient city of YALPANAM, Known more as JAFFNA, there looms large a trimly town deriving its historic name KANKESANTHURAI (from the fact of the arrival of the image of lord KANKEYAN, Another Manifestation Of Lord Skantha) affording sight seer an opportunity to enjoy a kaleidoscopic view of the town ship that comprises several workshops, Factories, built-up areas featuring modern mansions, star hotels and developed lands. In this locality that prides in a historic background of spiritual wonders, the people live a well disciplined life conscious of religious responsibilities and showing reverence to Gurus and elders.

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