There are many Hindu temples in Colombo the capital city of Sri Lanka. Some of the best can be seen in the Pettah region of Colombo. Hindu temples are known locally as 'Kovils'.
Sea Street Old and New Kathiresan Kovils Hindu Temples in the Pettah area of Colombo capital city of Sri Lanka
Take a tuk-tuk to Sea Street. Here you will find two temples. The New Kathiresan Kovil next to the old Kathiresan Temple. They are both dedicated to the war god Murugan sometimes called Skanda. During the annual Hindu Vel festival held in July/August the temples are used as the starting point of the religious procession. A large vel (trident) chariot is dragged to various Hindu kovils temples on Galle Rd in Bambalapitiya, Colombo.
Buddhism is the most popular religion in Sri Lanka not Hinduism. When the Tamil migrant workers from Southern India and other Hindu Merchant traders arrived in the country they also introduced their Hindu religion. Temples were erected so the faithful could prey.
Colombo Kathiresan Kovils Hindu Temples in Pettah
The carving on each temple roof is very intricate. They depict the many gods of the Hindu religion. Statues like this helped in religious teaching as when they were built a lot of the congregation were illiterate. Each statue depicted a story or teaching. In contrast to the badly faded painted figures on the temple roof the door pillars give a hint of what the roof could look like if it was well maintained. The vivid colours are delightful and bring the carved figures to life
Entrance to the Colombo Old and New Kathiresan Kovils Hindu Temples in Pettah
Top of the middle Colombo Old and New Kathiresan Kovils Hindu Temples in Pettah
One of the two tall towers of the Colombo Old and New Kathiresan Kovils Hindu Temples in Pettah