Ukanta Malai Velāyudha Swāmi Shrine, Okanda
The sylvan shrine of Ukantha Malai , devoted to Lord Kataragama, and nestled in thick jungle amidst huge rocks, is the Playground of Valli and Murugan, and hence divine grace manifests abundantly here.
Okanda, as it is called in Sinhala and English, is unique as a popular pilgrims’ resort, much hallowed as a centre of penance and prayer.
Pilgrims from all parts of Sri Lanka, of varied faiths and cultures, seek grace at Okanda Rock Shrine, especially during its great festival in July.
At the foot of Okanda Malai is VÍlāyudha Swāmi Temple, dedicated to God Skanda-Murugan. The Lord's sweetheart Valli occupies the Okanda Malai peak. Symbolically, He reveals Himself here as Valli Amma's friend and devotee par excellence.
Devotees throng to Okanda 2010 festival
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The Sylvan Shrine at Ukantha Malai
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2007 Festival of Ukanthamalai
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Valli Amman Kovil atop Ukantha Malai as it appeared in 1989. The story of Valli & Murugan is told in picture panels. The Indian Ocean glimmers in the background.