Dedicated to
Aadi Shakti

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Architecture Style

Creator

Tamil Hindus

Completed on

1952

About Srilanka Shankari

Shaktipītha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in Indian subcontinent stand testament to the essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipīthas take us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on the walls of each shaktipītha temple stories from every age are etched; and on its sacred earth sādhakas fulfill their Sādhanā till date. Shaktipīthas unify our country and diversify our culture. They have contributed immensely to the society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shāktism has subsequently, through these Shaktipīthas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

Legend:
According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father's disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to His daughter and Shiva. Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajña, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offence was the sacrifice of her own mortal
coil by self immolating through Her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahādeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path. Shiva danced the terrible tandav, holding Sati’s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body, and severing it
into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved.

History:
The Shānkarī temple was built several centuries ago by Tamil Hindus living in Srilanka. It is mentioned by Ādi Shankarāchārya in his Sanskrit compositions. The original temple stood on a sea Cliff in Trincomalee, but when the Portuguese Christians attacked the island they destroyed the whole temple by bombing it. The original Murti of Devī was rescued and kept safe by the Brahim pujari. Later on a temple near the destroyed location was built & the original Murti was kept there.

Architecture of Srilanka Shankari

The temple is built in Dravidian Architecture style with Gopuram as entrance and a small tower above the garbhagriha.

How to reach Srilanka Shankari?

By Train: Nearest railway station – Trincomalee
By Air: Nearest airport – Sigiriya & Colombo
By Bus: Buses available from Colombo

Srilanka Shankari Timings

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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