Nallur with TraditionBack
The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna is one of the most revered places of worship in the northern peninsula of the island. Throbbing with exuberant devotion, the Kovil has a long history that traces its roots back to the 13th century. A stunning manifestation of Dravidian architecture, the Nallur Kovil is adorned with a five-storied gopuram that shines in gold.
First, dress up in Tamil ethnic wear to visit the Kovil like a local. Females may drape up a saree, which is a vibrant clothe of six yards worn with a short jacket. Men would be given a vaisiti, which is similar to a sarong. Next, your host will take you to the Nallur Kovil. Let your senses be filled with the serenity of the atmosphere, which pervades with the fragrance of incense as you head towards the Kovil. Walk through the premises and catch a glimpse of the giant holy pool in the southern part of the Kovil as well as the large garden on the opposite side. Learn about the intriguing history of this significant place of worship as your host regales you with the stories about the bygone days and millennia old religious rituals.