Naguleswaram Temple

Naguleswaram Temple, Jaffna

Naguleswaram Temple
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1LifeStand
Colombo, Sri Lanka5,010 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
The Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple is right next to the medicinal spring of Keerimalai (meaning Mongoose-Hill). Folk lore states that the 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. It is one of the oldest shrines of the Peninsula The shrine was destroyed by the Portugese in 1620. It was in 1894 that the local Tamils rebuilt the temple. In 1983, the temple was occupied by the Army of the Sri Lankan Government. In 1990, the Sri Lankan Air force bombed the temple during the war against Terrorism. In 2012, the reconstruction of the temple had been completed.

It is close to the ancient port of Kankesanthurai. One can see the KKS Cement Factory through the jungle on the way. The factory ceased operations in 1990 due to the conflict between the Government and the LTTE Terrorists.
Written November 16, 2012
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Written September 2, 2016
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TilakDissanayake
Kadawatha41 contributions
Nov 2018
The temple is adorned with ancient sculptures and is near the disease curing sea water springs which is believed to be linked to the bottomless well the depth of which have bee found by SL Navy divers to be 275 ft with many caves running from it and the water at the bottom of the well is fully saline sea water whilst the top is fresh drinkable water. the water to this spring rushes in pure from the temple side which is the shallow side of the sea that surrounds it and escapes to the sea at the sea side end through and anicut. It is said that the temple and spring is pre Rawana era and that Rawana and queen bathed in the springs. Prince Vijaya is supposed to have renovated it about 500 BCE. The temple is not in the best shape but still has many things to offer to the learned.
Written December 12, 2018
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sbalenthiran
London, UK22 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Please pray and experience your Lord Siva. Before you go there please read all about it. Watch all the old building and think about what happened in time.
Written February 9, 2017
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Imantha K
Colombo, Sri Lanka67 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
One of the most important Shivan temple in Sri Lanka. You should take a bath first from the sacred pond then you should attend the pooja at the temple. You can take the morning train from Jaffna station and get down from the Mavattipuram station. From there you can take a tree wheeler which costs 250-300 rupees
Written September 11, 2016
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Nadheera D
Ryde, Australia104 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
As I walked in to this Kovil, I felt an amazing, strong spiritual energy. It doesn't have the glamour of Nallur, but everybody in our group felt the centuries of collective spritual sense. As we were among the first visitors for the day we were able to hear the history of the kovil and information about the priest from the person who looks after the temple and were able to offer a pooja.

It is a bit out of the was to get to, but for us the spirituality we felt was worth the visit.
Written September 15, 2015
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Sekarvms
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India51 contributions
Dec 2014 • Business
SriLanka is full of temples and the people also worship sincerely.

This is one of the oldest temple of the island city
Written February 22, 2015
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Aadhes
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,429 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
This is situated very close to Kankesanturai railway station(The last station in the North of SriLanka) From Jaffna it is about 17 KM,KKS roads were very well done you can reach less than 30 Minutes there are ample public transport available and it is very cheap.
This is a religious place where Hindus belies this is a place where you can get rid of your sins. This was there from time immemorial and destroyed by invaders and locals on several occasions at present it is under re construction.
IT is a cool and calm place to meditate and worship the God in peace.
There is no entry fee if you wish you can donate (no compulsion)
Usual rules to be followed no foot wear gents to enter without shirt and the ladies with moderate dress no mini skirts and shorts are permitted.
If you visit here you must go the Hot springs also which is at few metres distance.
If you are a Hindu I think it is a must visit others can have a different experience.
Written January 7, 2015
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Somadevii
Colombo, Sri Lanka17 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
It's sad that the old building are being destroyed and replaced by a spanking new construction... but I guess, if its a 'live' temple, then devotees must prefer a newer version...
Written February 2, 2014
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Written September 2, 2016
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Kanchana
Colombo, Sri Lanka5 contributions
Oct 2021
One of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka that is said to date back to 520 BCE. It was sad to hear that this piece of history was also affected during the civil war.
Written October 5, 2021
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DipuKV
Pune, India1,024 contributions
Dec 2019
Massive in size and height, Naguleswaran Temple is one of the great temples of Jaffna which leaves you spellbound with its beauty and religious atmosphere.
Written January 12, 2020
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