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Manniththalai Siva Temple

The ruined Manniththalai Siva Temple situated in Manniththalai village near Pooneryn is believed to have been built about 300 years ago.
Manniththalai Siva Temple
Manniththalai Siva Temple (Photo credit: Vel Ramanan, Google Street View)

Manniththalai Siva Temple (Tamil: மண்ணித்தலை ஆதி சிவன் கோவில்; Sinhala: මන්නිත්තලෙයි පුරාණ ශිව කෝවිල) is a ruined Hindu Kovil situated in Manniththalai village near Pooneryn in Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka. 

The present structure is 21 ft. long, 12.5 ft. wide (Pushparatnam, 2014). Like the Kavutarimunai Vinayakar Temple, this has been built with coral stones, bricks and nectar [(Cutai) Pushparatnam, 2014]. The Vimana is 7 ft. high with 3 bases (Pushparatnam, 2014). The Tevakostam, Karnakkutu, Kutam, Calai and Pancaram of the temple resemble the South Indian Cola art tradition (Pushparatnam, 2014).

A protected monument
The ruins of Maninthale Shiva Kovil belonging to Maninthale village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. KN 68, Gautharamunei in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Punarin is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 9 March 2016. 
1) Pushparatnam, P., 2014. Tourism and monuments of archaeological heritage in Northern Sri Lanka. Author Publication. ISBN: 978-955-0811-08-3. pp.63-64.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Extraordinary. No: 1957/18. 9 March 2016. p.4A.

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This page was last updated on 7 May 2023

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