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Nallur Temple

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.

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Nallur Kandasamy Temple Annual Festival.

Nallur Murugan Kovil

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.

Aftermath of Easter Sunday incidents security around the Nallur Temple complex is beefed-up. Visitors to Nallur temple are requested not to bring large parcels or bags. Also devotees are requested to support the Armed forces with their checking process for the safety of the general public. People can visit the temple as normal after a small security checkup.

Nallur Temple Opening Time, Saturday to Thursday

6.00 AM - 12.00 Noon | 3.00 PM - 5.45 PM
Fridays: 6.00 AM till 5.45 PM

What to follow when visiting inside of the temple?

  • All people must remove your caps and foot wear and keep them safe.
  • Wash your legs in the nearby tab water before to enter the temple.
  • Men are requested to visit the temple with bare chest.
  • Smoking, Photography and video are not allowed inside of the temple.
  • People who are under the influence of liquor will not be allowed to enter inside the temple complex.
  • Women are requested to come with long dresses.
  • Walk around the temple, clock wise inside of the temple.

History of Nallur Temple.

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 daus 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.

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