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Nallur Kandasamy Temple is one of the popular places in Jaffna where lot of people visit here daily for to offer prayers to Lord Muruga.
Nainatheevu is an Island with worshiping places which were built in the ancient times. It is called Nagadeepa in Sinhala.
Nallur Kandasamy temple annual festival used to take place in the month of July or August according to Tamil first moon day in these months. This temple is not a tourist destination for entertainment. It is a worshiping place for the Tamil Hindu community and other believers in God Skanda. Worshipers coming to this temple used to attend poojas in their Tamil traditional dresses. So take necessary precautions not to harm the feelings of the devotees coming over here to attend their god's annual festival. You can stay outside of the temple complex with any dress. But most of the European visitors used to From the Jaffna town you can reach the temple within 20 minutes of time with a tuk tuk. Normally the temple opens in the mornings till noon. And then in the evening it will open and will close early night. During the festival days all the roads connecting the Nallur temple will be closed for the benefits of the pilgrims.
Security around the Nallur Temple complex is increased as to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 infection among the temple visitors. Visitors to Nallur temple are requested to follow Health Officers advice when entering the temple complex. Also devotees are requested to support the Health Officers for the safety of the general public. People can visit the temple as normal as they will be monitored by health officials.
6.00 AM - 12.00 Noon | 3.00 PM - 5.45 PM
Fridays: 6.00 AM till 5.45 PM
This Nallur Murugan Temple is located 1.5 km from the Jaffna bus stand and 1 Km from the Jaffna train stationon the Point Pedro Road. It was built in 15th century by Sanpaha Perumal the king of Kotte. Later king Kanagasuriyan and his descendants managed the Nallur Temple till to the arrival of the Portuguese. Still now during the ceremonial events King Bhuvanekabahu's name used to be praised by the chief priest everyday during the annual festival days as "Kattiyang Kooral".
Portuguese captured Jaffna in 1560 and one of the Portuguese General Philip de Olivera demolished the historic Kandaswamy Temple in 1610 the temple and erected a Christian Church. Still you can view the Base Structure of the Sivalingam from the old Hindfu temple.Later Jaffna fell to the Dutch in 1658. During their time Don Juan Ragunatha Mappana Mudaliyar built the temple in this new position with stone and brick in the year 1734. His descendants are carrying duties as trustees of the temple after his period.
During the civil unrest period in Jaffna nothing had happend to this majestic temple complex. Also the temple administration used to make new construction for the temple every year. All the Hindu festivals including Pongal, Deepavali, Tamil New Year and other festivals are celebrated here according to the Hindu calendar.