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Jaffna Central College
Jaffna Central College is one of the leading schools for boys in Jaffna. It's located in the central Jaffna along the corner of Front Street and Vembady Street. It is a Public-National Grade 1 boys’ school founded in 1817. The college has classes from grade 1 to grade 13 with over 120 teaching staff for over 2100 students. Classes are conducted in both Tamil and English medium. The college motto is “In gloriam Dei optimi maximi (Unto the glory of God, the best and the highest).” Its flag colour is blue and brown.
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Vembadi Girls' High School
Vembadi Girls’ High School, simply called Vembadi, is one of the leading schools for girls in Jaffna. It's located in the central Jaffna along the corner of First Cross Street - Vembadi Street. It is a Public-National Grade 1 girls’ school founded in 1834. The college has classes from grade 6 to grade 13 with over 100 teaching staff for over 2100 students. Classes are conducted in both Tamil and English medium. The college motto is “Dare to do right,” and its flag colour is yellow and black.
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Alaveddy Kumpalawalai Pillaiyar Kovil
According to legend, Kumpalawalai Pillayar Kovil in Alaveddi is one of the seven temples where the horse-like faced Chola princess enshrined Vinayagar and prayed that her horse like face image should vanish from her mind. It is after praying at this temple that image vanished from her mind. The presiding deity of the temple in the sanctum sanctorum is Chandrasekara Pillayar. The annual festival is of 12 days duration during May.
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Tellipalai Sri Durga Devi Temple
Tellipalai Sri Durgadevi Temple, which started in a small hut under a mahua tree by a devout devotee called Kathirgamar, has become one of the most popular Sakthi Peedas in Jaffna today. It's located off KKS Road in Ulukudaipathi, in Tellipalai. It has a history of over 300 years. The presiding deity of the temple in the sanctum sanctorum is Mahisasuravardhani. The annual festival is of 10 days duration during August-September.
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Maviddapuram Kandaswamy Temple
Maviddapuram Kandaswamy Temple is located along KKS road in Maviddapuram, which is around 15km from Jaffna town. This is one of the ancient temples in Jaffna for Lord Muruga. The legend is that a 8th century Chola princess Maruthapuraveekavalli who had a horse like face got cured after bathing in Keerimalai and praying at Maviddapuram temple. The place got the name Maviddapuram because of this, as Ma means horse. The annual festival is celebrated in July-August for 27 days.
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