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. Plan to visit Kataragama Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kataragama attractions using our Kataragama vacation route planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    As always, Kataragama is a very busy place, but never reduce the quality. Mind relaxing. Originally, this is a Hindu Kovil, but now a days, every religious people coming here. Usually, every vehicle o...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This temple is alive, there are many religions represented, it is inclusive, the people are forgiving and there is so much to see and experience from walking the stupa, praying to various gods, feedin...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This was completely different than all other temples that I have seen I Sri Lanka. Not so surprising, because this is a Hindu temple. We were there during the festival and that was very special: self-flagellation, sacrifices, believers in trance. All seen and it made a huge impression on us. Shoes do not pass up in public space: who are you lost. Care for a backpack to do them in.
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