Nagadeepa Buddhist Temple
Nainathivu Island/ Naghathivu/ Nagadeepa
This Island is associated with the ancient Naga or Cobra people of Sri Lanka. Despite its small land mass, this Island has been mentioned in many historical works. From Ptolmey, Mahabharath to ancient Tamil Buddhist works Kundalakesi and Manimekalai have mentioned this Island. Lord Buddha is believed to have visited Nagadeepa from India. Here lies the ancient Buddhist temple that is highly sacred to Sri Lankan Buddhist.
Nagapooshani Amman Hindu Temple
The ancient Naga people of this Island worshiped serpents. So it’s no wonder that this temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Nagapooshani who is associated with Cobras. This temple contains many idols and images of multi-headed cobras. The old temple was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1620 and the current temple was rebuilt in 1790. There are many legends associated with this temple. Thus, the Temple is sacred for the Sri Lankan Hindus.