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The Story Of The Temple Of A Thousand Pillars – A Wondrous Remnant

A breathtakingly beautiful historical monument and a remnant that resembles the glorious ancient city of Madurai, India, the Thirukoneswaram, or the Holy Koneswaram Temple in Sri Lanka, is a memorable sight not to be missed.

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Origin of the Name

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The Koneswaram Temple is named after its main deity, the Hindu God Shiva called “Eeshwar” or “Eeshwarar” who reigns over the Holy Konam Mountain, according to folklore. The temple is also known as “Dakshina Kailayam” or “Aathi Koneswaram”.

Where is it located?

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The temple is located on a high rocky cape in Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Easily accessed by those who are based in nearby accommodation options such as Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes, the temple is frequented by both Hindu devotees and tourists of different other religions.

The Origin of the Temple

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The stone inscription installed in the temple states that the temple was constructed in 1580 BC. The stories also reveal that the temple was a popular religious establishment during the arrival of the banished Indian prince Vijayan in the 6th century BC.

The Rise of the Temple

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The temple was renovated by the Chola King, Elara Manu Needi Cholan. The king created a complex that resembled Dravidian temple cities. The city was expanded and was centred around the Thirukoneswaram Temple.

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