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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. Plan to visit Kataragama Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kataragama attractions using our Kataragama vacation route planner.
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  • It pays to visit at púdže (4.30, 10.30 am, 6.30 pm). You will realize the power of Buddhism, which here is deeply rooted in the local. An inspiring place, I recommend to all travellers. Just beware of personal belongings and food hulmani are terrible thieves.:-)
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  • A magnificent extensive temple complex, an important pilgrimage site for all faiths, featuring shrines from multiple religions.  more »
  • Very special temple complex for Muslims Hindus and Buddhist. One of the most important pilgrim sites in Sri Lanka. We were there for Puja in February and it was an amazing experience with tens of thou...  more »