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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  • Kataragama is a place of worship not only for Hindus, but for Buddhists, Muslims and Christians as well. Kataragama Devala is situated by the Menik Ganga (river) with a Buddhist Temple and an Islamic ...  more »
  • In my recent visit to Sri Lanka one of the places I wanted to visit was Kataragama temple. Despite pre warnings from my family I have decided to take '"puja thattu" (offering to the gods). After payin...  more »
  • The Kataragama temple is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka, and well worth a visit. The number of worshipers - and pilgrims - visiting makes it a place with a great atmosphere. Try to go here...  more »
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