Kataragama Temple, Kataragama

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#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Uva Province
Rich in history, Kataragama Temple stands on ground that has been considered hallowed for around 2,500 years--said to have been consecrated by Gautama Buddha himself. The site ranks among the few revered by a multitude of religions, including Buddhists, Hindus, Moors, and Veddas. Tour the collection of humble stone shrines, which remain as originally constructed. Look for the shrine devoted to Skanda-Murugan, containing a drawing of the deity's capabilities, and the tree said to have grown from a sapling of the revered Anuradhapura Bo tree. Be prepared of a bit of a walk to the temples, as vehicles cannot approach beyond the gate. You'll need to take off your shoes, so bring socks to protect your feet from the hot ground. See Kataragama Temple and all Kataragama has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kataragama route planner .
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  • I have undertaken the poojawa and also the re-dressing of the God Kataragam curtain. It was a great place, Great feeling when you are inside the Devalaya.  more »
  • This temple popular among the Hindus as Karthikeya Temple, is also a place of worship for Buddhists too. Also there is mosque inside the huge complex. The Muruga shrine statue is always covered with a...  more »
  • Dedicated to the Hindu Deity Kanda Swami or popularly known locally as Kataragama Deviyo, this temple is the centerpiece of the town and the objective for visiting this locality. A quite a unique expe...  more »

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