Trinco Pallampoddar Amman Temple festival held

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 10 June 2003, 13:12 GMT]
Thousands of devotees participated in the annual ‘Pongal’ festival of the historic Pallampoddar Paththini Amman temple in the Trincomalee district, Monday night.

Hundreds of devotees, Hindus and Buddhists, went in a procession from Trincomalee Pathirakali Ambal Temple and Marriamman to Pallampoddar Pathiniamman temple which is located about 16 k.m. off west of the eastern port town, on Trincomalee Kandy highway.

Special bus services were conducted through out Monday till midnight enabling devotees from all parts of the district to participate in the ‘Pongal.’

The temple is located along Pallampoddar, a river that flows from Kalmuddiyankulam towards Trincomalee Sea at Kappalthurai, another Tamil village close to Chinabay. Later a bridge was constructed over this river. Since then the temple is called Pallampoddar Paththini Amman temple.

Sri Lanka Army maintains a camp in front of the Pallampoddar Bridge close to the temple. The camp was established in 1983.

Pallampoddar Amman Temple Festival
Pallampoddar Amman Temple.

Amman Temple festival
a boy takes "kavadi" from Trincomalee to Palampoddar to fulfill his vow

Amman Temple festival
A Hindu woman devotee to Pallampoddar Pathiniamman temple from Trincomalee takes rest under the shade of a tree on her 16 km foot pilgrimage to fulfill her vow


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