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Nallur Kandasamy Temple Annual Festival.

Nallur Murugan Kovil

Nallur temple is not a tourist destination; it is a worshiping place for the Hindu people and other believers in God Skanda. So take necessary precautions not harm the feelings of the devotees coming over there for worshiping their god. From the Jaffna town you can reach the temple within 20 minutes of time. Normally the temple opens in the mornings and at noon it will be closed. And then in the evening it will open and will close early night.

Saturday to Thursday

6.00 AM - 12.00 Noon
3.00 PM - 5.45 PM


6.00 AM - 5.45 PM

Short History of Nallur Temple.

This Nallur Kandaswamy Temple is located 1.5 km from the Jaffna bus stand on 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.

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. 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..

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