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Koneswaram Kovil

Trincomalee, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Trincomalee
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Located in Trincomalee, the Koneswaram Temple was constructed by King Kulokoddan in the third Kaliyugaya, and consists of 1,000 columns, according to an inscription found on the doorway to the Fortress this Temple.
It was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th Century when they threw all the columns off Swami Rock into the sea below. Much later, three bronze statues found among the columns in the sea were brought up by divers and are now kept in a modern temple at the same site within the Dutch Fort in Trincomalee.
The exact date of the Koneswaram temple’s birth is not universally agreed upon. The shrine is known to have existed for at least 2,400 years, with inspirational and literary evidence of the classical and post classical era (400 BCE-1500) attesting to the shrine’s classical antiquity.
The rocky promontory is dedicated to Siva in his ancient form of Kona-Eiswara, and is a major centre of pilgrimage today. The worship of Eiswara is noted to have been the original worship of the island.

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