Kasi Pillaiyar Temple (Tellippalai)

Kasi Pillaiyar Temple is a Hindu shrine in Tellippalai. It was established in 1920 by devotee who on his return after a Tirtha pilgrimage to India.
Tellippalai Kasi Pillaiyar Temple
Tellippalai Kasi Pillaiyar Temple (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Kasi Pillaiyar Temple, also known as Kasi Vinayagar Kovil (Tamil: தெல்லிப்பளை காசிப்பிள்ளையார் கோவில்; Sinhala: තෙලිප්පලෙයි කාසි පිල්ලෙයාර් කෝවිල) is a Hindu shrine situated in Tellippalai in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. It is dedicated to God Ganesha, one of the most venerated deities in the Hindu pantheon.


The temple was established in 1920 (Kandiah, 2014). It is said that a devotee who on his return after a Tirtha pilgrimage to Kasi in India brought along with him a Vigraham and placed it in this place for worship (Kandiah, 2014). After that, the place gradually became a sacred site and developed to its present state. The first Kodisthambam (flag pole) was erected at the temple premises in 1973 (Kandiah, 2014).


1) Kandiah, T, 2014. Ancient Hindu temples of Sri Lanka. pp.12-13.

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This page was last updated on 14 November 2023

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