Situated in the isle of Nagadeepa just thirty km form the Jaffna peninsula, Shree Nagapooshani (Bhuvaneswari) Amman Hindu Temple is wrapped in thousand years of myth and legend.
Dedicated to Parvati who is known as Nagapooshani and her consort, Shiva , the temple was shot to fame by Adi Shankaracharya, a 9th century Hindu philosopher, who identified it as one of the prominent 64 Shakti Peethams or places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti inBrahmanda Purana.
The legend holds that Goddess Sati, consort of Lord Shiva immolated herself in shame and pain that her husband was being abused by her father. Her body was shattered to 64 pieces and her anklet is believed to have fallen on to the place where the temple is.
Believed to have been established by Lord Indra himself the temple is believed to have been built by a Chola merchant travelling from India to Sri Lanka. The old temple had been mentioned in Tamil epics Manimekalai andKundalakesi.
However the original structure was destroyed by the Portuguese along with the Rajayathana stupa and the new temple was built during the 18 thcentury. The temple complex houses four gateway towers or gopurams, with the tallest tower been the RajaRajagopuram, which is 108 feet high. Built nearly one year ago it is the largest of its kind in the country and has 2000 sculptures on its four sides.
The most important festival associated with the temple is the 16 day long Mahostavam (Thiruvizha) that is celebrated in annually in the June/July and is attended by thousands of devotees streaming in from Sri Lanka and India.
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