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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil is built for a goddess"Naga Pooshani " in Hindu culture.. In southern... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2019
Tropical15041982
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Worthwhile visit across the water

We visited as part of an all day tuk-tuk tour of the Jaffna islands, taking the ferry from... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
Dakles
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil is built for a goddess"Naga Pooshani " in Hindu culture.. In southern part of Sri Lanka we buddhist worship the same goddess as "Paththini". Specially requesting her to protect our families from several special physical sicknesses and healthy pregnancy and new born Sri lankan mothers in both part of the island pray for this godess~
Please dress in decent attire since this island has a hindu kovil and a buddhist temple where both require proper dress code~
This is built in a nainathiv Island where local ferry system has a boat every 30 min. But this ferry is very primitive run with a raw motor. They have life jackets if you require.
It was a different experience for all 14 adults who enjoyed the boat ride watching the sun set in the west~

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 9, 2019

We visited as part of an all day tuk-tuk tour of the Jaffna islands, taking the ferry from Kurikattuwan on Pungudutivu island which is accessed via the causeway from Jaffna. The ferry runs regularly all day for a nominal fare and stops first at the Nagadipa Purana Vihara Buddhist temple before going on to here. It is a straightforward walk between the two and it makes sense to get off at the Buddhist temple, walk up here and take the boat back from the pier at this temple. The ride across the water is enjoyable in its own right and takes about 15-20 minutes. The temple was buzzing with activity when we were there with a constant stream of pilgrims. There is no problem in westerners going inside so long as you take off your shoes and men take off their shirts. Nobody was worried that we (my wife and I) were wearing shorts. The temple has a huge decorated tower above the entry gate and extensive decoration to the temple behind.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dakles
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil is located in Nainativu off Jafna. The best way to travel is by car so that you can stop enroute and enjoy the causeways and birds on the sanctuary. You have to cross 2 causeways and both at least a kilometer long.. You have to reach Kurikadduwan and from there take a ferry across the sea. There is lot of parking space.you need to walk about 200 yards or so across a small causeway to the pier which will have just enough width for a bus to pass.
In case you do not have your own transportation then take bus. No 776 from Jaffna private bus stand. There is a bus every 30 minutes and it will take 1 hour to reach Kurikaddauwan. The bus will take you all the way to pier or Jetty from where you can take the boat. For the return journey you can board the bus at the same spot.
The boat ride will take just 15 minutes to Nagadeepa (buddhist temple) pier. Most of the people will alight here. Then it will go to Nagapooshani pier. It will halt 5 - 10 minutes at the Nagadeepaya pier since they have to collect the money from the passengers. It is 40 LKR one way. For the return journey the boat will start from only Nagapooshani pier and head back to Kurikadduwan. They will insist that you travel inside the boat. If you are lucky you will get to stand or sit on the roof and travel. They will offer a life jacket though a basic one. The boat will look unsafe but every day thousands use this to go to visit the temples. Just enjoy the ride in the boat.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ambal though the idol will be in the form of lingam and Nagam. The kovil is about 100 yards from the pier. Both sides of the walkway will be lined with a few shops. some of them also sell pooja items.
Gents will be required to take of their shirt and under shirt. Gents cannot wear anything from waist upwards. the temple is open from 6. a.m. to about 7 p.m. Though the temple is open the sanctum sanctorum will be closed from 7 - 9.30 or 10 a.m. and from 2 to 4 or 5 p.m.. Of course you can have darshan through the grilled door but for offering prayers and pooja you will have to wait for the priest who will be off during these times mentioned above.
The temple has a big compound and the kovil complex is clean and tidy. The Goddess radiates power and energy.
Most people who visit the kovil will also visit Nagadeepaya temple which is just walking distance. There is a small eatery to the left of the temple compound when you stand facing it. You might get snacks that are prepared in advance and not something which is hot. You can also get soft drinks, tea or coffee. In case you run our of drinking water or not carrying a bottle do not worry you can buy one in Nainativu or Kruvikadduwan.
The journey will take almost half a day, especially if you are using public transport but it time worth spent.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Balaji J
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

I have visited this temple along with Nagadeepa Buddhist temple when serving in the Air force during the 30 years of civil war but had the opportunity to visit back last month and the transformation is astounding. You have to remove top gear when visiting (males only!) and pay tribute to the Hindu Gods and Deity. The temple is very large and adorned with Hindu sculptures and is a must visit place irrespective of one's beliefs.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TilakDissanayake
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

This is a very colorful Kovil in the Island. This is located in the same Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya island. need a ferry or boat to go there. very much crowded in the week ends & holidays.

Date of experience: September 2018
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