Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
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this place is one of another pilgrammage for many Sri Lankan`s, Hindu and Buddist`s alike they all have thier own spin on this dude but basically he is one of four main gods who protects the island. he is worshipped as a fearsome warrior and lover.
poelpe come from everywhere to wash there sins in the river then strangly perform self mutilation to themselfs like piercing there tounges or cheeks with skewers , hitting and abusing them selfs ,walking on hot coals, crawling from the river to the temple, some 10 mins away, and they do this partly because they belive the god will protect them from the pain!!!
poelpoe also burn a coconut, say a pray, wave the coconut above thier head and smash it infront of the temple gates for good luck. also doing a little performance are the 90 year old virgins, yeah no lie real virgins who light candles and throw them near the temples near the main Kataragamma temple.