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Ampara | Okanda Devalaya ( A Destination of Mass Pilgrim)

Okanda Devalaya ( A Destination of Mass Pilgrim)

Situated on the Kumana Panama jungle path Okanda Devalaya is believed to be the location God Skanda first sailed into Sri Lanka in a golden boat. The boat, which was turned into a rock, still stands on the Okanda beach known to all as the ‘Ran Oru Gala’. 

Held in reverence by many without the difference of a religion, race or creed the temple’s origin is unknown although the signs of an ancient monastery are found nearby.  Archeologists believe the temple being situated near the ancient Okanda harbor too would have increased its importance with many a seafaring men seeking its help before and after a journey. 

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