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Nallur Kandasamy Temple

5:41 AM 9/1/2022

Nallur Temple

Nallur Kandasamy Temple in Jaffna is one of the popular destinations to visit in Sri Lanka. This Temple's annual festival used to take place in the month of July or August according to Tamil first moon day which is called as "Aadi Amavasai". This temple is not a tourist destination for entertainment. It is a place of worship for the Tamil Hindu community and other believers in God Skanda. Worshipers coming to this temple used to attend poojas in their Tamil traditional dresses. So if you are going to visit here, take necessary precautions not to harm the feelings of the devotees coming over here to attend to worship their god. You can stay outside of the temple complex with any dress. But most of the European visitors used to follow the local tradition and enter in to the temple. What means Nallur? Nallur is a Tamil name meaning Good Village. Best time to visit the temple is in the morning and in the evenings. At these times you can view the poojas held by the Temple priests. Fridays are considered as special pooja days and most of the people living nearby used to gather here to participate in the morning and evening poojas.

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple Location.

Nallur Kandasamy Temple is located in the Jaffna Town in Sri Lanka. Distance from Colombo to Nallur, Jaffna is 353 Km. Colombo to Jaffna is connected by road, Train Track and by Air Route. From the Jaffna town you can reach the temple within 20 minutes of time with a tuk tuk. Or can use public transport on the Point Pedro road bus route.

Normally the temple opens in the mornings and kept open till noon. And then in the evening it will open again and will close early night. During the festival days all the roads connecting the Nallur temple will be closed for the benefits of the worshippers. 2022 Annual Nallur Kandaswamy Temple was recently concluded after Two years of low profile festival. In trhis year it was celebrated with Hundreds of thousands of devotees as was in the year 2015.

Normal Nallur Temple Opening Time, Saturday to Thursday.
6.00 AM - 12.00 Noon | 3.00 PM - 5.45 PM
Fridays: 6.00 AM till 5.45 PM

Follow these advice when visiting inside of the Nallur Temple?

  • All people must remove your caps and foot wear and keep them in safe place.
  • Wash your legs at the nearby water tab before to enter the temple.
  • Men are requested to visit the temple with bare chest. (Don't use Shorts)
  • Smoking, Photography and video are not allowed inside of the temple.
  • People who are under the influence of liquor will not be allowed to enter inside the temple complex.
  • Women are requested to come with long dresses.
  • Walk around the temple, clock wise inside of the temple.

History of Nallur Temple.

This Nallur Murugan Temple is located 1.5 km from the Jaffna bus stand and 1 Km from the Jaffna train station on the Point Pedro Road. It was built in 15th century by Sanpaha Perumal the king of Kotte. Later king Kanagasuriyan and his descendants managed the Nallur Temple till to the arrival of the Portuguese. Still now during the ceremonial events King Bhuvanekabahu's name used to be praised by the chief priest everyday during the annual festival days as "Kattiyang Kooral".

Portuguese captured Jaffna in 1560 and one of the Portuguese General Philip de Olivera demolished the historic Kandaswamy Temple in 1610 the temple and erected a Christian Church. Still you can view the Base Structure of the Sivalingam from the old Hindu temple. Later Jaffna fell to the Dutch in 1658. During their time Don Juan Ragunatha Mappana Mudaliyar built the temple in this new position with stone and brick in the year 1734. His descendants are carrying duties as trustees of the temple after his period.

During the civil unrest period in Jaffna nothing had happened to this majestic temple complex. Also the temple administration used to make new construction for the temple every year. All the Hindu festivals including Pongal, Deepavali, Tamil New Year and other festivals are celebrated with special poojas and according to the Hindu calendar.

In the Month of August 2022, Nallur Kubera Vasal Koburam was declared open under religious ceremony. With this Koburam the temple got 3 Raja Koburams on the main entrance and each on the left and right of the temple complex.

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