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Karainagar Thikkarai Murugan Kovil
Karainagar Thikkarai Murugan Kovil
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Neervely Arasakesari Pillaiyar Kovil
Neervely Arasakesari Pillaiyar Kovil is situated along the Jaffna - Point Pedro road, in Neervely, which is about 8km North of Jaffna city. It is believed that the temple was built by Arasakesari, the minister of the kingdom of Jaffna during King Pararajasekaran’s period (1478-1519). The temple is also known as Sempaddu Pillayar. The presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum (moolasthanam) of the temple is Rajasimma Ganesar . The annual festival is conducted for 11 days in August /September.
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Neervely Kanthaswamy Kovil
Neervely Kanthaswamy Kovil is situated in the south part of Neervely, and it was also known as Velkottam. The temple was built in 1852 by two brothers, Kanthainar and Nallainar. The legend is that the Vel enshrined in the temple was given by lord Muruga to his devotee Kanthainar while on a pilgrimage to Kathirgamam on foot. Kadambam is the sacred tree of the temple. The annual festival is for 19 days in April, and the festival dates are decided such that the water cutting festival falls on Chithra Powrnami day.
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Manipay Maruthady Vinayakar Temple
Manipay Maruthadi Vinayakar temple is one of the popular temples for Vinayakar in Jaffna. Maruthadi Vinayakar is situated along the Jaffna-Manipay-Karainagar road, and in front of Manipay American Mission church and Green Memorial Hospital. It has a legend that pre-dates to Tamil Kingdom of Jaffna. The annual festival is celebrated in April and the Chariot festival, which is annually celebrated on the Tamil New Year day, is very popular among the devotees. The temple is being renovated now.
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Nanthavil Amman Temple
The Katpulaththu Manonmany Ambal kovil, which is popularly known as Nanthavil Amman kovil is situated along the Jaffna – KKS rail path in Nanthavil, Kokuvil East, and it is just a stone throw away from Kokuvil railway station. The temple was built in 1743. The annual festival is celebrated for ten days in June. Panguni Thingal is also celebrated grandiosely in this temple.
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Karainagar Sivan Kovil
Karainagar Sivan Kovil, also known as Eelaththu Chithamparam, is situated in Thinnaipuram, on the North of Karainagar. According to the legend, when Siva devotee Ambalavi Murugar was building the Siva temple, lord Siva came in the dream of his devotee Murugar and guided him to choose the Sivalingam, which was enshrined in the sanctorum of the temple. The Thiruvembavai festival for 10 days in December and Thiruvathirai festival are two of the very popular festivals.
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Chunnakam Shri Kathiramalai Sivan
Chunnakam Sri Kathiramalai Sivan Kovil is situated in Kathirthalai, a hilly terrain in Chunnakam, and located along the Puthur - Kantharodai road. According to the history, the Sivan temple was built by King Ukira Rajasinkan, the Tamil King of Kantharodai and who was married to the horse-like faced Chola Princess Maruthapraveekavalli. The presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is the Lord Ponambalavanar.
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Sri Pararasasekara Pillaiyar Kovil
Sri Pararasasekara Pillaiyar Kovil is situated in Inuvil, which is around 4 miles from Jaffna town, and along the Inuvil – Manipay road. The temple has a history of over 600 years and had links with the kingdom of Jaffna. The presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is the Lord Pararasasekara Pillaiyar. This temple was built during the 14-15th century by the Jaffna king Pararajasekaran. This temple is also known as Madaththu Vasal Pillaiyar Kovil.
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Keerimalai Naguleswaram Temple
Naguleswaram temple situated in Keerimalai, is close to Kankesanthurai seaport and north of Palaly. The temple is adjacent to the Keerimalai spring water ponds. Naguleswaram temple was historically known as the Thirutambaleswaram Kovil, and it is one of the five sanctified Siva temples (Pancha Ishwarams) in Sri Lanka. Nagulaambigai Sametha Sri naguleswara Perumaan is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple is referenced in many ancient religious treatises.
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Sri Vallipura Alvar Swamy Kovil
The place name Valli or Vali is a Ramayana name, and it is also a clear toponymic from "Valli", or "sand" in Tamil and Sinhala. The Vishnu temple here was constructed around the 13th century. Tamil Buddhist and Hindu cults co-existed easily, even when the rulers did not, and hence a Vaisnava tradition may have existed in early times as well. The deity of the temple is called Vallipura Azhvar. Azhvar names are common in Vaishnavite tradition.
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