The Ilangaithalvu Murugamoorthy Kovil reflects Hindu tradition and spiritual architecture

This magnificent Kovil, situated in Araly North Jaffna was rebuilt under the guidance of Thirukumar Nadesan, Custodian of the Kovil. The design according to Hindu tradition and Vasthu Shasthra was by architect Mallai Rajan Sthapati from India and his father; Perumal Sthapati was the sculptor of all statues.

The entire structure and interiors were redone anew completely. Once the preliminary masonary had been completed, the remaining work had been done by 15 Indian craftsmen. The Kovil was completed in five years. The position of the Kovil was changed so that it faced the North-East direction. Thereby at sunrise, the morning rays would fall on the main statue of Lord Murugan, and his consorts Valli and Deivanai within the sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha, which is a special feature of this Kovil. The Kovil has been built in a way to represent the five elements, where the centre is the universe

The interior is such that silence pervades, yet during the pooja or when bells are rung or instruments such as the drums and nadeswaram are played, the sound reverberates thus creating spiritual or good vibrations to all those present. The ceiling has a simple elegance with the Raasi Kattam (zodiac signs) placed atop the flag pole, and beautiful single flower motifs are positioned throughout to create a peaceful ambience. The majestic Raja Gopuram is 60 feet in height and has seven storeys.

The massive wooden doors of the Kovil are a reproduction of the main door at the famous Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, in India. Narthenan Amarasingham and his uncle Paranjothi Varadarajah from Araly North, crafted this door within a period of one year.

As darkness falls warm lights illuminate the interior and exterior of the Kovil, creating a beautiful and majestic appearance.


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