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Katharagama, Sri Lanka


History of Katharagama


Origin of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya

Historically, Kataragama has always maintained a low profile. While this may strike some as a rationalization for the near-absence of Kataragama from history books

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Kataragama Shrine: Its History and Epigraphy

Kataragama is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage in Ceylon, sacred alike to the Buddhists as well as to the Hindus. To the former, it is one of the ‘sixteen great places’ at which the Buddha

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Kataragama's Role in Sri Lankan History

Writers of history come in two varieties: those who fashion history by making it, and those who describe the process later. Here, as is so often the case, metaphor clothes the spirit or higher sense


Sri Kalyanagiri and the Kalyana Mandapa

Kalyanagiri was a great tapasvi from North India who belonged to the Giri Order of the Dasa Namis (ten sannyas orders Giri, Puri, Bharati, Asrama, Tirtha, Aranya, Parvata, Saraswati, Vana and Bharati Tirtha).

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Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya

According to legendary history Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya (at right) was built by King Dutugemunu around 160 years B.C. in fulfillment of a vow to defeat King Elara in battle.


Kataragama To KKS – (South To North)

During our school holidays, we travelled extensively to all parts of Sri Lanka, making maximum use of my father's first class railway warrant. We flew by then Air Ceylon between Palaly

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Hazards of Kataragama in the 1940s

July is festival time in Kataragama, the holy city in south Sri Lanka. It is one of the biggest religious festivals for Hindu devotees.