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Sankiliyan Manthiri Manai - Nallur
Sankiliyan Manthiri Manai - Nallur
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Keerimalai Theertham
Keerimail Theerththam is the holy water of Naguleswaram temple, which is one of the five pre-historic Eeswarams in Sri Lanka. The theertham is believed to have curative values and there are many legends about its curative power. In Keerimalai, the fresh, mineral water from the springs mix with the brackish sea water, and this is referred in legends as the union of powers Sivan and Sakthi. Hindus visit Keerimalai shrine on Aadi amavaasai to perform ablutions and offer prayers to the dead souls.
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Jaffna Public Library
The Jaffna Public Library, which had begun as a private collection in 1934, came to be one of the biggest and finest library in Southeast Asia in 1960-70s and until it was burnt on 31 May 1981 by hooligans. The library had around 97,000 volumes of books and rare and important Ola (palm leave) manuscripts. These included works of famous scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy and eminent intellectual Professor Issac Thambiah. The library was a place of historic and symbolic importance to the Tamil people.
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Kantharodai Archeological Excavation
Kantharodai has a monument of the Tamil Buddhist civilization in Jaffna one time. It is located about 10km north of Jaffna town, and 2km west of Chunnakam. It has a cluster of twenty miniature dagobas, ranging in height from one to three meters. The dagobas have no resemblance in architecture with other Buddhist religious sites in Sri Lanka. It is believed that these are votive dagobas, and some believe that these are the shrines of the Tamil Buddhist monks. The site is reserved as an archeological site.
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