Sunday, March 31, 2019

Keerimalai Pond

Keerimalai Pond
Keerimalai Pond (Mongoose-hill Pond or Mugati Kanda Pokuna) is a popular bathing pond located in close proximity to the Keerimalai beach in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka.

Many fresh water springs are found mainly along the coast of the Jaffna peninsula and Keerimalai is one of such fresh water springs. According to the Hindu beliefs which are usually based on their traditional mystic emotions and religious literary works, the fresh water spring at Keeramalai is a holy place endowed with miraculous powers. It is believed by Hindus that bathing of the fresh water of this spring can cure the various skin infections and induce childless women to achieve pregnancy (Dias et al., 2016; Wijebandara, 2014).

According to a legend, the face of a priest called Yamadakkini Muni was become a Mongoose face as a result of a curse chanted by God Siva (Wijebandara, 2014). To cure the deformed face, the priest came to Sri Lanka and bathed in this pond. It is said that after getting the bath and doing the rituals at the Siva temple, he got his human face again (Wijebandara, 2014).

In the 7th century, a Chola princes named Mathurapuraveeravalli (or Marutappiravikavalli), the daughter of Tisai Yukkira Colam, the King of Madurai, was endowed with a horse face (Ananthanathan, 1993; David, 2011). By hearing about the healing properties of the spring at Keerimalai in Jaffna peninsula, she came to Sri Lanka and bathed in the fresh water spring. After bathing in the Keeramalai spring, Mathurapuraveeravalli's face became human and beautiful (David, 2011).

1) Keerimalai Pond, Jaffna by AntanO is licensed under CC BY SA 3.0

1) Ananthanathan, A.K., 1993. Temple, religion and society. East and West, 43(1/4), pp.155-168.
2)  David, K. ed., 2011. The new wind: Changing identities in South Asia. Walter de Gruyter. p.185.
3) Dias, M.; Koralage, S.B.; Asanga, K., 2016. The archaeological heritage of Jaffna peninsula. Department of Archaeology. Colombo. pp.50, 203.
4) Wijebandara, I.D.M., 2014. Yapanaye Aithihasika Urumaya (In Sinhala). Published by the editor. ISBN-978-955-9159-95-7. pp.129-130.

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