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Siva Temples In Sri Lanka
Index Tirukkonamalai
Talaimannar  
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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TIRUKKONAMALAI - SIVAN TIRUKKOVIL

Its ancient name as entered the mythologies is Thirukkonamalai but the Britishers due to inadequacy of the Phonemes in their language and lack of vocal flexibility spelt and pronounced many of the Indian names as they like to suit their convenience, like Ujjain as Augin, Ajantha as Adjuntee, Sirajud Doula as Sir Roger Doule, Allahabad as Isle of Boats, Lakshmanapur as Luckypur; Tungabhadra as Toom Bandra; Sundaravanas as Sundry bunds etc. etc. etc. Among such Anglicised ones, Tirukkonamalai is one which became Trincomalee. This place is blessed with a Siva Thirukkovil and is located on a hill at the eastern sea shore of Srilanka. According to Puranas, this grand shrine was very popular and extxemely holy as many Sivalilas were demonstrated in the dim past. It is deemed to be one of the three peaks of Kailas and considered as the Dhakshina Kailas. Among the Navalars, Sambandar paid rich tributes to the presiding deity and described its superb location and its glory elaborately. The whole region was redolent of Saivism and Tamil culture. It still retains its former glory, as regular worship according to Agamas is performed and periodical festivals and celebrated with great religious fervor. This shrine houses all the important icons, like Mother Parvathi, Ganesh, Murugan, Nandi, Dhakshinamurti in grand and befitting niches. For Ceylonese Tamils it is the Eh Dorado of Saivism and they visit more often than not, whenever any auspicious occasion takes place in their houses. It is more or less a centre of pilgrimage to them.

It is accessible from Colombo by train and bus.

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