With a vibrant history of more than 2500 years, the Kataragama temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka. Read on and know more about this charming place.
The Kataragama temple is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists because Lord Buddha has visited this place during his third visit to Sri Lanka in the 6th Century BC. It is important to note that, not only Buddhists but also Hindus, Tamils and even Vedda people visit this holy place. The vicinity of the temple was initially utilized for some of the secretive practices like sorcery.
Once visited the place you will see that most of the shrines are small rectangular buildings without any kind of ornamentation. In addition, unlike any other Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, the shrines of this temple are built of stone. The walls of the temple are filled with pictures of Pattini, Kali, the God Managara, Suniyam, and Dedimunda.
In fact, when it comes to the best things to in Kataragama, visiting this amazing pilgrimage site is recommended. If you are staying at one of the Kataragama hotels the likes of Kithala Resort, the Kataragama temple is about 30 minutes away.
The God of Kataragama
Although Buddhism does not encourage to follow Gods, many a Buddhist devotee visit this place to make vows to the God. You will also witness many people carrying trays arranged with garlands and fruits.
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