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Nainativu (Nagadeepa).

Nagapoosani Amman Temple

Nainativu - Nagadeepa - is an Island in the northern province of Sri Lanka where you can find historical Hindu temple devoted to goddess Nagapoosani Amman and popular Buddhist temple Naga Vihara too. The ancient Hindu temple was destroyed by the Colonial Portuguese in 1620 CE and later it was restored in the year restored in the year 1788. The Island is just 35 KM from the southern cost of India where people from there used to visit here till the passport system was introduced here.

Now the temple is run by a trust board, who used to be selected by election and they look after the daily poojas festival and maintenance of the temple. Everyday thousands of devotees used to come over here to worship the Amman God and the Buddah in the vihara. After the war has ended lot of Sinhala people too are coming here for worshiping.

If you want to visit this historical Island you must start your journey from the Jaffna central bus stand. The distance from the Jaffna bus stand to the Kurikattuvan Jetty is around 30 Km where the ticket price is Rs 80/- per person. There are boat service operating between Kurikattuvan and Nainativu. The boat service currently operates only in the day light time only. SL Rs. 30/- will be charged as boat fare. A larger passenger boat with lot of passenger transport capacity is available for Rs 50/- per head.

Take note there are boat services to other islands Delft, Analaitivu and eluvaitivu too from there. So check the destination of the boat before you board.

You can travel up to the jetty with van service or with private car.

In side of the temple people are not allowed to wear footwear and men are requested to remove their shirts and banians. Photographing inside of the temple is not allowed.

The island has a rest house where 200 people can stay comfortably. Lunch is served free as Annathanam by the Nagapoosani Amman trusty at the Amirthasurabi hall everyday. If you like you too can donate for this cause to help people to get free food. Tamil people who are living all over the world used to donate money and food stuff to this society to provide free rice and curry for the travelers.

This not a place for enjoyment and relax it is totally a religious village where nearly 3,000 people make it as their home. Very hot sun and white sand with little number of shady trees are too available around this Island.

For around Rs.500/- you can make a full round of the village through a three wheeler (tuk tuk) while there is a Government bus is servicing the common people.

Most of the people start their journey from Jaffna at around 6.00 AM and can reach the Jetty and stay in queue to get the boat service and in the evening they come back from the Island by 2.00 PM boat and reach Jaffna town around 4.00 PM.

If you are going to visit the island don't forget to wear white color loose clothing to with stand the hot sun and carry umbrella, cap and enough water to satisfy your thirst. Also mineral water is available for sale in small plastic bottles at small vendors in the island.

You can purchase coral and different kinds of beautiful conches over there. You can see them placed on a table for sale on the small jetty paths. If you don't see the seller look for him under the table as he may be sleeping over there, to escape the hot sun.

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