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Keerimalai

Jaffna, Jaffna and North, Sri Lanka.
Location : Jaffna
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Keerimalai is famous for two things, the Naguleswaram Kovil and the mineral water springs. The Keerimalai water spring is believed to have curing abilities. It is just next to the sea and truly is a wonder of nature. The kovil is one of the oldest shrines in Sri Lanka and a sacred destination of Hindus. In Tamil, Keerimalai means Mongoose Hill.
The Keerimalai natural springs are known for their water and rituals. The water with mineral contents has curative value. Hindus believe the water here has miraculous powers to cure many diseases.
According to many legends, the sage Nagula Muni was born with a mongoose face and meditated in a cave in Keerimalai. He bathed in Keerimalai springs and his mongoose face turned into a human face.
Keerimalai is 50 feet above the main sea level, and situated West of Palaly. The fresh water comes from an underground fresh water spring. Hindus flock in large numbers on Aadi Amaavaasai day which falls during the Tamil month of Aadi, to carry out rituals for their forefathers and take a divine dip in the natural springs. These rituals are usually carried out by men.

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