by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“The Sun does not forget a village just because it is small”~ African Proverb
Kondavil is a small village in Jaffna Peninsula, adjoining the village Kokkuvil. “Yazh Devi” – Colombo – Jaffna train used to stop at Kondavil station. Most of the travellers stop by the Ambaal temple and get her blessings before the long journey.
The Kondavil Ambaal Temple is one of my Dad’s favourite Goddess temples in Sri Lanka. He never failed to worship at the Ambaal temple in Kondavil before the long train journey.
This particular temple which is right behind the Kondavil railway station is a Yazh Devi traveller’s transit before boarding the train.
The recent visit brings back a wholesome and cherishing childhood memories of Kondavil railway station, station master’s whistle and tablet, platform, relatives to receive and send off with Jak fruit, Mangoes, Drumstick, Raasavalli Kizhangu (King Yam) and delicious Banana leaf wrapped vegetarian meals for the journey and the whole Yazh Devi journey and Ambaal temple.
The main view of the Ambaal temple in Kondavil
Portrait of Parvathi Amma who is believed to have attained Samathi at the temple
A view of the Kopuram of the Ambaal temple in Kondavil
Colourful sculptures of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi at the Ambaal temple in Kondavil
Tailor shop hoarding
A bicycle is parked in front of the Ambaal temple in Kondavil
Goat near the Kondavil railway station
Divine marriage in sculptures
Sculpture of Lord Vinayagar at Sri Thillaiampathi Sivakaami Amman Temple
A scene near the Kondavil Railway Station
Sculptures of Lord Murugan and Goddesses Valliyammai and Theivayaanai at Sri Thillaiampathi Sivakaami Amman Temple
Raaja Kopuram of Sri Thillaiampathi Sivakaami Amman Temple
A view of Kondavil Hindu Maha Vidyalayam
District map of Sri Lanka at Kondavil Hindu Maha Vidyalayam
Beautiful idol under a Banyan tree at Sri Thillaiampathi Sivakaami Amman Temple
Statue of the founder of Kondavil Hindu Maha Vidyalayam Brahmasri Murugesaiyer Venkadasala Iyer
Charcoal painting of Mahabharatham on the wall of Kondavil Hindu Maha Vidyalayam
A man on a bicycle in Kondavil
Pulavar Video shop in Kondavil
Goddess Saraswathy at Kondavil Hindu Maha Vidyalayam
A view of the Kondavil Railway Station