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Keerimalai.

Keerimalai is popular for its natural pond with fresh water just on the beach near to Kankesanthurai harbor. Only a wall is separating this fresh water pond from the Indian Ocean. The fresh water pond is the spiritual pool of the nearby located Naguleswaram Sivan temple and Mavittapuram Murugan Temple. There is a beach adjoining it but it is with full of small sized coral reefs and not suitable for swimming unless you have to go deep sea to swim. There are two walled ponds where one is for men and the other is for women. Women bathing pond is built with high rise wall for privacy of the bathing women. There is no fee will apply to bath here. Although parking vehicles must pay parking fees.There is fresh water shower point there you have to pay Rs 30/- to use it. but most of the people don't use this point.

There is no dress changing point for the men although there is a small open air building where you can keep your things from the vicinity of the pond. The pond got Floodgates and a small constructed water path. Through this water path you can walk to the deep sea area as the path is sandy place up to the deep sea. There are no Life Guards available in this area.

On full moon and New moon days, the pond may have sea water mixed with its fresh water causing the water to be with salty taste. Keerimalai can be reached by public transport, with private bus or by any vehicle within one hour of travelling from the Jaffna Town. On the right side of the pond Hindus used to come there to do the 30th day remembrance of their relatives who are passed away. Around the months of July or August on the first moon date Hindus gather here to give special poojas to their passed relatives. And on this date the Mavittapuram temple's Holy sea water festival too used to take place. On this day more than 200,000 to 300,000 peoples used to gather here. So on that day - Aadi Amavasai - there used to be a heavy traffic around this area. Avoid going there on this day. In 2019 the - Aadi Amavasai - festival will take place on 31st of July.

Actually the Keeerimalai Fresh water pond is famous for its healing power where and Indian princess got cured her horse looking face in to human face by bathing here. Some people are unknowingly calling Keerimalai pond as Hot Springs. It is totally wrong. This is Hindu Religion Follower's Holy bathing Point.

According to Wikipedia article

"Ma means horse; vidda means removed; and puram is holy city. Maviddapuram is the holy city where the horse face of the Chola Princess Maruthapuraveegavalli changed to a human face when she prayed to Lord Naguleswara of Keerimalai and took bath in the holy theertha (water) of the temple with the advice of the Saint Nagula. This is the place where the famous Maviddapuram Kandaswamy temple is found. The statue of the God Muruga is presented by the above the Chola princess, making it in her own country. The old name of the place is Kovil Kadavai, which was changed into Maviddapuram after the above event."

Maviddapuram - Wiki

Naguleswaram temple

Naguleswaram temple is historically known as the Thirutambaleswaram Kovil of Keerimalai is a famous Hindu temple in located near Jaffna of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The Naguleswaram temple is situated adjacent to the mineral water springs. The legendary sage Nagula Muni, shrunk by age and austerity while meditating at a cave in Keerimalai was likened to mongeese that frequented the area. The sage bathed in the springs and was cured of his mongoose face. In gratitude, Nagula Muni constructed a small shrine and worshipped the Lingam enshrined there. This became the Naguleswaram Kovil of Keerimalai alluding to the sage.

Source: naguleswaram-temple

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