Saturday, 19 November 2022

Perumal Kovil (Jaffna)

Perumal Kovil
Perumal Kovil (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Vannai Sri Venkatesa Varatharaja Perumal Kovil is a Hindu temple situated in Kannathiddy in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka.

According to popular belief, the history of this place goes back almost 600 years (Kandiah, 2014). It is believed that this temple was established to provide facilities for Vaishnava worship for the migrants who arrived in Sri Lanka from India to work in the weaving industry (Kandiah, 2014). Some historical sources reveal that the Jaffna Ariya Chakravarthy ruler named Segarajasekaran IV (or Kuna Pooshana Singhai Ariyan) invited people especially proficient in fine weaving from Andra Nad, Karikal and Kanchipuram to settle in Jaffna (Kandiah, 2014).

The seven-tiered Gopuram of the temple that was constructed in 1978 is said to be the tallest of its kind at the time in the country (Kandiah, 2014). The five-tiered Gopuram at the southern entrance of the temple was constructed in 2003.

1) Kandiah, T, 2014. Ancient Hindu temples of Sri Lanka. pp.60-62.

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