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Nallur Kovil, a Hindu Sanctuary

The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, devoted to Hindu god Lord Murugan, is one of the most sacred places of worship for the Hindu community of Sri Lanka and is close to Jaffna town centre. The annual Nallur Kovil festival attracts thousands of devotees and visitors. The temple is filled with intricate artwork and statues of gods and deities of the Hindu culture. The daily pooja or ‘offerings’ of the Temple are from 6am to 5pm.

The original Nallur Kovil was constructed in year 948 and some development work was done in the 13th century. The Portuguese captured this area and completely demolished the Kovil in 1621. Having been rebuilt, the feeling of reverence remains. Outside the temple are small stalls where souvenirs and items for the daily offering and other rituals are sold.

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