Mainly due to the influence of the Hindu culture in Sri Lanka, the country is blessed with some kovils (Hindu shrines) that date back to very ancient times. The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil located in Jaffna is also such an important one in Sri Lanka.
The kovil- then and now
This special kovil in Sri Lanka is dedicated to Lord Murugan who is considered the God of war, beauty, and love. Today, the kovil is one of the most popular places to visit in Sri Lanka especially for the traveling crowd.
The first things to see as you enter the kovil are the golden pillars that stand tall. It also has the central mulasthanam where you see the large statue of Lord Murugan.
Events and festivals
In August every year, the kovil hosts a special Hindu festival. It goes on for around 25 days and during this period, the Hindu devotees walk to the kovil having their bodies pierced with hooks, but with no pain. Refer to Truly Sri Lanka to know more information about this event.
Visiting the kovil
Before entering the kovil, cleanse yourselves and dress yourselves in suitable attire. (sarongs for men, and long dresses for women)