Three new stamps were issued by the Postal Department of Sri Lanka to mark the renowned Nallur Kanthaswamy Kovil Annual Festival on 24th July. The Rs 5 stamps depicting the historic temple were released on the flag hoisting day.Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Jaffna. It has an old and rich history and according to Yalpana Vaipava Malai, it was developed at the site in the 13th century by Puvenaya Vaku, a minister to the Jaffna King Kalinga Magha. The year of foundation of the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple is 948 CE.
Sapumal Kumaraya (also known as Chempaha Perumal in Tamil), who ruled the Jaffna kingdom on behalf of the Kotte kingdom is credited with either building or renovating the third Nallur Kandaswamy temple.
Under the government\’s initiatives to develop the north and east many ambitious projects have been launched in order to facilitate better understanding and trust among the communities. With the defeat of LTTE terrorism people of the north and east are now able to enjoy life to the fullest. An improved network of roads and better transport facilities have made it possible for the people of the north as well as the south to travel without restrictions and fear to anywhere in the island.
Devotees from other parts of the country also visit Nallur temple during the festival. Government authorities have taken necessary measures to provide all facilities to the devotees to perform their religious rites with ease.
The new stamps were issued at a ceremony held at the kovil premises.