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ASTADASHA SHATHI PITHAS - SHANKARI DEVI- Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)- Groin

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ASTADASHA SHATHI PITHAS - SHANKARI DEVI- Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)- Groin


AstavaDasha Shakti peetham Shankari Devi - Sri Lanka


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Lankayam Shankari Devi:
The temple of Shankari Devi supposed to be in Sri Lanka at Trimkomali. At present there is no temple availble at this place and it is said that the temple was destroyed by Portugese people between 16th to 17th century

As per the priest's account, the Portuguese who invaded the island in the 17th century completely cannon balled from their ship and demolished the cliff top Devi temple. In its site stands a lone pillar, as a mute spectator.

the temple of Sankari devi which was exactly on the peak of a hill was ruined by foreign invadors. However, it is believed that the idol of amma has been preserved in the present temple which is by the side of the place where the idol originally used to be.

In due course, Dakshaprajapati himself had undertaken the yagna. He invited all the devatas except Lord shiva his son-in-law. Didichi, a sage by name enquired Dakshaprajapathi about the absence of shiva. Dakshaprajapathi told him, in no certain terms that he had neither invited nor intention to do so. Satidevi notice from Kailasha that devatas were proceeding towards Yagna in their respective mode of journey. Satidevi got hurt that her father did not invite them.


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About Shankari Devi Temple:



The famed SHANKARI Temple, in Sri Lanka, is one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). Many have heard the Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Shloka starting with LANKAAYAAM SHAANKARI DEVI........... - composed by Sri Adi Shankara which means Shankari in Lanka. This Shloka enumerates the list of places of Devi temples which are considered to be part of the 18 Devi Peethas.

But almost nobody in Sri Lanka knew of any famous Devi Temple in the country. Even on Internet, not much authentic information was available. The temple is said to be in the famed town of Trincomalee on the eastern coast.

The Temple of Sri Shankari Devi according to the priest's in Trincomalee, say that the Portuguese who invaded the island in the 17th century completely cannon balled from their ship and demolished the cliff top Devi temple. In its site stands a lone pillar, as a mute spectator.

The present Shiva temple which is quite well known locally than the Shankari Temple was a recent construction. The Shiva is called as TRIKONESHVARA (Probably because it is in Trincomalee which is truly TRI CONA MALAI- meaning triangle shaped hill). There is a small Devi Shrine built adjacent the Shiva temple. The famed Bilva tree which is perched right on the edge of the hill some hundred meters above the Indian ocean. It is a exhilarating and spectacular sight to behold. All round, silence reflects which is needed most in this war torn nation rightfully called as a paradise. There is also a more famous Kali temple in the heart of the town to which devotees can make a visit en-route from the Shankari Temple.








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Divya Darisanam: Shakthi Sthalams - SHANKARI Temple, Sri Lanka
Hindu Temples: AstavaDasha Shakti peetham Shankari Devi - Sri Lanka

Yatra: ASTADASHA SHAKTHIPETAS
 
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