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Kataragama Temple – Spirituality, bliss and beyond

One of the most well-known places to visit in Kataragama is the magnificent temple holding many wonders.

Kataragama

Occupying the Uva Province a trip to Kataragama is popular excursion option for travellers exploring the island nation. Kataragama is mentioned in the historical chronicle of the nation, the Mahavamsa which was compiled in the 5th century.

Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Temple is said to be built between 1100 – 15th century. For a majority of the past millennia, it was an almost-hidden jungle shrine was very difficult to access. But after extensive renovations, it is now a glorious site of worship.

Highlights

What is most interesting about the Kataragama Temple is that it is one of the very few religious sites in the country to be venerated by Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lankan Moors, Hindus and the aboriginal Vedda people. There are quite a few shrines in the temple but the chief belongs to the Kataragama Deviyo or God to whom the entire temple is dedicated to.

Accommodation

Spend a few days in this town; you won’t get bored since once you’ve been to the temple you can visit nearby Yala Wildlife Park. As you explore the many things to do in Yala, ensure to base yourself in a centrally located hotel the likes of Chena Huts.

Prayers

There are poojas held every day to worship God Kataragama and devotees bring baskets and baskets of fruits as an offering. As a result, the temple is infested with Grey Langur Monkeys, who devour the leftover fruit offerings. Some of these are so daring that there are reports of monkeys snatching food from visitors.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

 

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