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Keerimalai

Keerimalai is popular for its natural pond with fresh water just on the beach near to Kankesanthurai harbor. Only a wall is separating this fresh water pond from the Indian Ocean. The fresh water pond is the spiritual pool of the near by located Naguleswaram Sivan temple. There is a beach adjoining it but it is full of coral and not suitable for swimming unless you have to go deep sea to swim. There are two walled ponds where one is for men and the other one is for women. Women bathing pond is built with high rise wall for privacy of the bathing women.

There is no dress changing point for the men although there is a small open air building where you can keep your things from the vicinity of the pond.

On full moon days the pond may have sea water mixed with its fresh water causing salty taste. Keerimalai can be reached by bus or by any vehicle within one hour of travelling from the Jaffna Town.

Actually the pond is famous for its healing power where and Indian princeess got cured her horse looking face in to human one.

According to Wikipedia article

"Ma means horse; vidda means removed; and puram is holy city. Maviddapuram is the holy city where the horse face of the Chola Princess Maruthapuraveegavalli changed to a human face when she prayed to Lord Naguleswara of Keerimalai and took bath in the holy theertha (water) of the temple with the advice of the Saint Nagula. This is the place where the famous Maviddapuram Kandaswamy temple is found. The statue of the God Muruga is presented by the above the Chola princess, making it in her own country. The old name of the place is Kovil Kadavai, which was changed into Maviddapuram after the above event."

Maviddapuram - Wiki

Naguleswaram temple

Naguleswaram temple is historically known as the Thirutambaleswaram Kovil of Keerimalai is a famous Hindu temple in located near Jaffna of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The Naguleswaram temple is situated adjacent to the mineral water springs. The legendary 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. In gratitude, Nagula Muni constructed a small shrine and worshipped the Lingam enshrined there. This became the Naguleswaram Kovil of Keerimalai alluding to the sage.

Source: naguleswaram-temple

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