Nallur Kandaswamy temple, a prominent tourist charm in Jaffna, is located just 5km away from ‘Singa Akham’. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy ‘Vel’ in the sanctum, the primary shrine. It reflects a famed symbol of Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu identity of the Northern Province, and the most crucial feature of this Nallur Temple is its golden arch, four Gopurams and six Bell Towers, along with its fortified walls, giving it an appearance of a citadel in Nallur. The Eastern gopuram, the main entrance, reflects the Dravidian architectural style.
Standing bigheadedly in the ancient capital of the Jaffna Kingdom, the grand and golden Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil has long been an emblem of the region to individuals of all faiths. Constructed in 1734 AD, the temple is long been preserved with its standards and adorned with a rich history that adds significantly to the unique northern heritage of our island, the kovil also hosts the annual Nallur festival during the month of August ever year. Taking place over 25 days, the festival is the longest in Sri Lanka, and is a colourful month-long spectacle of vibrant processions, dancing, drumming, and more. It implies the ‘BEST PERIOD’ to visit and marinade in an entirely Sri Lankan Tamil tradition and culture.
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