Kondavil brings back a wholesome and cherishing childhood memories

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

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7 Comments

  1. santhi says:

    Cooling to see this Holy Temple which we use to see and worship when back home 70 years ago during school days when travelling by train to School from Tellipallai to Jaffna Hope and pray this Godess will safe guard all living in the peninsula.

  2. Anan says:

    Hi Dushiyanthini,
    I’ve been a regular visitor of Humanityashore. I enjoy all your articles & photos. I would also like to see cultural photos other than religious origin.

    Thanks, Anan

  3. Raj says:

    Hi,
    This temple means lots for me. We call her “Ammal AAchi” She is related to my dad. The family used to own a cigar factory. We always go to the temple and attend the puja from Annaicottai. I was thrilled to see her picture on your website. If you know the family please let me know about them.

  4. Kumar Kulasingam says:

    Grate!!!

  5. s.sanjeevan. says:

    kondavil is very buty vilage.i love kondavil

  6. Dennis Guttsman says:

    These pictures bring back many memories from my American Peace Corps years in Kondavil in 1968 & 1969. I was living on Potpathy Rd.

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