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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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  • A very well maintained temple with strict discipline. Lots of people visit and offer fruits and ceremonies happen regularly. They strictly practice what they believe.  more »
  • You do not need to wear any special clothes, but it is very nice to cover your knees and shoulders...also no shoes. I havent found the place to buy a coconut...to try to wish something and break it......  more »
  • This is a please where most Sri Lankan visit to worship God. A mind charming place, where you can see various ways of worshiping God  more »