Tirukovil is a town with a small fishing port just 10 km north of Sangamankanda, Sri Lanka’s easternmost point. Tirukovil simply means “Holy Temple” in Tamil, the name refers to a temple, of course. It’s one of numerous Tamil temples dedicated to Murugan, known as Tiru Sitira Velayutha Swamy Kovil. The term “Vel” included in this long name refers to the holy spear of Lord Murugan. The spear representing the deity is venerated instead of an image, this aniconic form of worship is typical of the religion of the Vedda community, for whom Tirukovil is one of the three most holy places along the east coast. To the north and south of Thirukkovil are lagoons and untouched sandy beaches.
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