Kataragama Temple, Kataragama

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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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  • The God Kataragama Shrine in Kataragama has a very long history which leads into 3rd century BC or beyond. I visited here after 35 years since i was a school going kid. The shrine is the same and may ...  more »
  • Kataragama is a sacred place for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The Kataragama Kovil is dedicated to Murugan, son of Shiva and God of war, in the guise of local gods Kataragama. The temple opens only for puja, mid morning hours 10.15. The temple itself has nothing in particular but the crowd gathering is in line to bless the baskets is very attractive. In addition to temple near Ganesh Temple, there is a tree of the bodhisattva, which attracts many faithful dressed in white. The atmosphere of tolerance if not different is its syncretism. For example in the temple there were also two monks in Orange robe.
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  • Very large complex, where it is always crowded with pilgrims. We were there on poya. Of the temples not seen much, but plenty of the rituals and prayers. What an impressive ceremony. This was one of the highlights of our trip.
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