Lord Murugan is the Hindu god of war, also known by the names Kartikeya, Skanda, Kumara and Subrahmanya. The son of Parvati and Shiva, he is predominantly worshipped as Lord Murugan in Sri Lanka by the country’s Tamil population.
The Temple’s Significance
Located just outside of the historic town of Madampe in the Puttalam district, a mere 15-minute drive from Chilaw, the Murugan Temple is a beautiful Hindu kovil that invites travellers with its colourful façade and the impressive statues at its entrance. Lord Murugan is the presiding deity of the temple. Known to some as the Little Kataragama Temple, it welcomes visitors with its large statues of Lord Murugan, Hanuman and Shiva at its roadside entrance. The temple also contains statues of the Goddess Parvati and of Ganesha.
What You Can Expect
Upon entering, worshipers can purchase traditional offerings to be used for their prayer rituals within the temple. There are washroom facilities within the temple’s compound and a vegetarian restaurant that serves food just outside of it. Visitors are advised to maintain silence, be respectful of the sacred space, and to note that photos are not allowed within the temple. Shoes should be removed before entering, and modest, conservative clothing should be worn.
Season to Visit
The best time to visit the temple is between the months of October and March, as the region where the temple is located experiences monsoon rains between April and September.