Koneswaram Temple is located at the edge of the sacred hill of Koneshwar in Trincomalee. Upon reaching the top of the hill, you are welcomed by a magnificent statue of Lord Shiva.
Thirukoneswaram also was known as the Dakshinkailasha, is a Hindu temple located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka near the town of Trincomalee. The temple has been built on a rocky outcrop surrounded by sea on three sides. The monumental temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and it is believed that this temple was built nearly 3 millennia ago during the year of 1580 BC by King Ravana.
The enigmatic temple and its surrounding thrived for centuries as a place of worship receiving millions of worshippers from all over the island and from India. But unfortunately, after the arrival of the colonizers, the story of the temple changed forever.
Rediscovery a reconstruction
Over 300 years later after the country gained independence from its last colonizers, the British, several statues of gods and goddesses were unearthed close to the ruined temple grounds when the Urban Council dug for a well.
The temple today and visiting there
The temple is described by travellers as one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in the country. You can visit here easily by public transport or by a tuk-tuk from any of the Trincomalee hotels you are stationed in, the likes of Trinco Blu by Cinnamon.
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