Kataragama Temple

kataragama temple entranceKataragama temple is an important shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. Kataragama temple is dedicated to deity with six faces and twelve hands, who is known as Skanda-Murukan or Subrahmanya among Hindus. Sinhalese Buddhists believe that Kataragama Deviyo is a guardian deity of Buddhist who helps his followers who are in need.


Kirivehara, a Buddhist dagoba located next to Kataragama temple, was built by King Mahasena. There is a belief that King Mahasena built the dagoba in Kataragama after meeting Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka. There is also a Bo tree situated near the temple which is one of the eight saplings of Shri Maha Bodhiya tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Ul-Khizr Mosque

muslim mosque in kataragamaUl-Khizr is a beautiful mosque with tombs of Muslim saints from Kyrgyztan India. The tomb is visited by tourists for its beauty with colored tile work and wooden lintels.