Kavutarimunai Vinayakar Temple

Kavutarimunai Vinayakar Temple (Tamil: கவுதரிமுனை ஆத்தி சிவன் கோவில்; Sinhala: කෞදරිමුනෙයි පුරාණ ශිව කෝවිල) is a ruined Hindu Kovil situated in Kavutarimunai village near Pooneryn in Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka. 

The present dilapidated structure is 75 ft. long (Pushparatnam, 2014). Like the Mannintalai Siva Temple, this has been built with coral stones, bricks and nectar [(Cutai) Pushparatnam, 2014]. The temple's architecture resembles the Dravidian art tradition and is believed that this shrine was constructed a little later than the Mannintalai Siva Temple (Pushparatnam, 2014). In addition to Karpakirampam and Antaralam, there are Munmandapam, Kotikampam and Parivara Kovikal (Pushparatnam, 2014).

A protected monument
The site of the ruins of Gautharmunei Shiva Kovil situated in Grama Niladhari Division 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.64-65.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Extraordinary. No: 1957/18. 9 March 2016. p.4A.

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