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Phone No:  Address: Selva Sannithy Trmple, Thondaimanaru Sri Lanka
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தமிழ்நாட்டின் பழம்பெரும் நகராம் புகாருக்கு நிகரான சிறப்புப் பெற்றிருந்த நாகதீபத்தின் துறைமுகம், மாமல்ல சக்கரவர்த்தியாலும் கருணாகரப் பல்லவ தொண்டைமானாலும் ஆழப்படுத்தப்பட்டு துறையாக்கப்பட்ட வல்லிநதி, தமிழகத்திற்கு அனுப்புவதற்காக உப்பும் உணவுப்பண்டங்களும் சேகரித்து வைக்கப்பட்ட உப்புமால், ஆரியச்சக்கரவர்த்திகளால் நிலவறைகளாக பாவிக்கப்பட்ட மண்டகக்காடு, பறங்கியருடன் போரிட சின்னமகாப்பிள்ளையின் பெரும்படை வந்...திறங்கிய முகத்துவாரம், பல்லவ படைத்தளபதிகளின் சந்ததிகளைக் கொண்ட கிராமத்தை தான் அமைய நல்ல இடம் என வேதம் போற்றும் வேலவன் வந்தமர்ந்த செல்வச்சந்நிதி.

The village of Thondaimanaru is located on the northern tip of the Jaffna Peninsula in the Vadamarachi district of Sri Lanka. Known today as the site of the sacred Selvasannithy temple, this tiny coastal village has deep ties to the ancient history of the Tamil people. Many significant historical events, dating as far back as the 2nd Century A.D., have taken place in Thondaimanaru.

Situated at the edge of the sea, the village was an ideal access point for travelers and merchants. Recognizing the advantages of its location, Emperor Mamallan and later the great army commander Thondaiman developed the village’s Valli River into a seaport for the ancient city of Nagadeepam. This port was used to export goods to Tamil Nadu, and was even used as a vantage point for many historic battles against invaders of the Tamil Kingdom. Hence, the people of Thondaimanaru, who are direct descendants of the defenders of the Tamil Homeland, take pride in preserving the Tamil language and culture today.

But perhaps the most intriguing characteristic of this village is the legend of the Selvasannithy temple and how it came to be situated in Thondaimanaru. It is said that Lord Murugan – a Tamil God- desired his temple to be located in a land that reflected the five forms of the Tamil language. Uniquely, the physical make up of Thondaimanaru consists of five different geographic landscapes – mountainous regions, wooded lots, fertile plains, stretches of desert land, and coastline. Thus, many believe that Lord Murugan chose Thondaimanaru as his home because of these parallels between land and language.

Thondaimanaru and its people played an important role in the rich history of Tamil culture, making notable contributions in the areas of trade, religion, and patriotism. Learn more about the past, present and future of this remarkable village.

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