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Nainatheevu is an Island with worshiping places which were built in the ancient times. It is called Nagadeepa in Sinhala.
Nainativu - Nagadeepa - is one of the Island located in Jaffna, the Northern province of Sri Lanka. This island is popular for its historical Hindu temple devoted to goddess Nagapoosani Amman and the popular Buddhist temple Naga Vihara. This ancient Hindu temple was erected thousands of years back. Later it was destroyed by the Colonial Portuguese in the year 1620 CE. In the year 1788, Nagapoosani Amman temple was re-built by the local villagers. Nainativu (Nagadeepa) is located 35 Km from the southern cost point of India. Devotees from India used to visit this Nagapoosani Amman temple by boats, till the passport system was enforced between India and Sri Lanka.
This Amman temple is looked after by a trusty board, where members used to be selected by election. The board members are looking after the daily Poojas, annual festival, assistance for the visiting pilgrims, and maintenance of the temple. Everyday thousands of devotees used to visit this island to worship the Amman God and the Lord Buddha in the nearby Vihara. After the war has ended lot of Sinhalese people are visiting to this Island for worshiping.
You will pass Pannai Bridge where both side of the road is going through Jaffna Lagoon. Then you will travel through land of Allaipiddy, Mankumban and Velanai. Then you will pass through a road that is covered on both side by sea up to Pungudutivu. At the end of Pungudutivu you will reach Kurikadduvan Jetty.
In the Amman temple premises, people are not allowed to wear footwear. Men are requested to remove their shirts. Photographing inside of the temple is not allowed. The Amman temple provides a rest house where 200 people can stay comfortably. Well maintained wash rooms are too available for the pilgrims. Lunch is served free as Annathanam (அன்னதானம்) by the Nagapoosani Amman Temple trusty at the Amirthasurabi hall every day. The free lunch is provided from the funds of Donations made by the pilgrims. Free lunch will be served from 01:00 PM onwards. For the Lunch you can get enough rice and curry as much as you can to eat.
If you like you too can donate for this cause to help people to get free food, here. There is a Till box is kept at the entrance for to support the lunch program. 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 visiting pilgrims, everyday.
This island is not a place for enjoyment or relaxing. It is totally a religious village where nearly 3,000 people are living. During the month of April it is very hot here. Sun and white sand with little number of shady trees can be found around this Island. By paying Rs.600/- you can go around the village in a three wheel (tuk tuk). Bargain the price with the tuk tuk driver, whom used to stay outside of the Amman temple. There is one Government bus (SLTB) is providing transport service for the general public. You can ride in it by purchasing a ticket from the bus conductor where it starts from the Jetty.
Start the journey from Jaffna Town Bus Stand by 6.00 Am. Catch one of the Kurikadduvan bus. Reach Kurikattuvan Jetty, stay in the boat queue to get the boat. There are two jetty's available in the island. One is located near to the Amman temple and the other one is near to the Buddhist temple. In the evening visitors can come back from the Island by 2.00 PM by boat and can reach Jaffna town around 4.00 PM.
If you are going to visit the island get white color cotton clothing to with stand the hot sun. It is better to carry an umbrella, cap and enough water to satisfy your thirst. Mineral water and popular brand soft drinks are available for sale in bottles from small shops in the island.
You can purchase coral and different kinds of beautiful conches at the temple side jetty. You can see them placed on a table for sale on the jetty path. 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.
Nainatheevu Boat Video.