Munneswaram Kovil Temple
Munneswaram Kovil Temple
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srilankholidays
Colombo, Sri Lanka268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when lord Rama visited the place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana's vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramhaasthi dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. When the Vimana was passing over Munneswaram, he felt the vimana vibrating, and realised the "Brahmaasthi Dosham" was not following him at this particular point. He stops the vimana at this juncture and asks God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying for four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. The first Lingam was installed at Manavari about 5 Km from here, near the banks of Deduru Oya.
Written December 2, 2014
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AndyBallasb
Nanchang, China51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
The is an important regional Hindu temple. It said to have been in existence at this site for over a 1000 years. It is dedicated to Shiva in the central temple, but there are 4 other temples within the complex.

The images on the wall, in the sculptures and the temple facades are colourful and vibrant. Some also being particularly gruesome. It takes about 30mins to 1hr to go round. Make a donation of a few 100Rps or more and you can get a simple booklet with the history.

As with all functioning temples, shoes off at the door, but the ground is flat so no real hardship.

Definitely worth a detour, but not a day trip.
Written February 15, 2016
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Ganesan V
Chennai (Madras), India49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
This temple is a shiva temple, where Lord Rama prayed shiva after slaying of Ravana, to overcome the sin of killing a Brahmin. While Sita did Shiva pooja at Rameswaram, Rama did it in Munneswaram.
Written September 15, 2015
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133Ceylon Tour Advisor
Wattala, Sri Lanka173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana's vimana's. He felt he was being followed by “Brahmahasthi Dosham” as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the 11`Brahma hasthi Dosham" was not following him. He ascended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India and pray, as the only remedy to get rid of the “Brahmahasthi Dosham”.
Written October 18, 2019
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Manu G
Nottingham, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Very beautiful temple of Lord Shiva. There is also another Shiva temple called Manavari and that also is lovely
Written November 12, 2018
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MarkAnnaLondon
Doha, Qatar412 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Worth a visit if you're in the area, but don't travel more than 45 minutes to get here as you don't really need more than about 30 minutes to explore this place.
Written September 20, 2016
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NirmalaSivasanthar
London, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
There were less people as we went on an off peak time. The temple has a history and it has beautiful sculptures around it. Its well worth a visit and perform a ritual .
Written March 26, 2020
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PrashantAU
Bengaluru, India46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Must visit if interested in Ramayana trail. The shivlingam is said to have been installed by Ravana himself.
Written February 27, 2020
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David F
Sydney, Australia532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Munneswaram Temple complex is a collection of five temples, including a Buddhist temple. The central temple dedicated to Shiva is the most prestigious and biggest, and is popular amongst Hindus. The other temples are dedicated to Ganesha, Ayyanayake and Kali. The Kali temple is popular with Buddhists and Roman Catholics. Seems to be a bitthere for everyone. Dont understand why the need to buy fruit get a blessing and then give away the fruit.
Written September 24, 2019
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John491
Auckland, New Zealand711 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
First let me say we are not Hindu, but we do respect all faiths. This temple had some interesting architecture . You are required to remove your shoes and hats of course plus wear something that covers your knees. A number of men in our group wore shorts and they did not seem to up set anyone. The whole interior needs a steam clean and a paint job, long overdue. There were a couple of painters there at the time but that is likely to take forever. The sculptures inside were very interesting and artistic.
It was what I saw outside that concerned me. There was a dog in the most appalling distressing state of health, obviously in pain . There was a cow with a rope around its neck and the rope was tied to its front right hoof so it could not move without difficulty and no doubt pain. I must be wrong, but I thought Hindus were meant to respect and care for animals, perhaps they should take a look outside!
Written July 25, 2019
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