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Selva Sannidhi Murugan Temple


Revered as Sella Katirkāmam of the North, Selva Sanniti Murukan Temple at Thondaimanaru is situated about twenty miles north of Jaffna. Here too, as at Katirkamam, a free non-agamic environment for worship pervades the place, persons of various creeds and castes congregate here for darshan of the Vel installed at this blessed cannitānam (Celva Canniti).

Kalladi Tiruchendur Muruga


This temple is situated on the seashore of Kalladi, Batticaloa, in a pleasant devotional setting. The chief incumbent of the temple, Swami Omkārānanda, is a soft-spoken, unassuming simple individual who welcomes devotees with a gracious smile.

Okanda Malai


At the foothill of Okanda Malai is the Vêlāyuta Cuvāmi or Kanta Cuvāmi Temple, dedicated to God Skanda. Here the Murukan temple is at the foot of the hill, while his sweetheart Valli occupies the peak.

Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya


According to legendary history Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya (at right) was built by King Dutugemunu around 160 years B.C. in fulfillment of a vow to defeat King Elara in battle. It was endowed with large extent of land by King Dutugemunu for its maintenance and subsequent monarchs did likewise.

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