Durga Sharan Navaratri is one of the popular festivals celebrated at Shankari Devi Temple in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In 2017, Navaratri at Shankari Devi Temple begins on September 21 with Kalasha Sthapana and ends on September 30 with Vijayadashami festival. Mostly South India and extensively Tamil tradition of worship is followed in this temple.
Shankari Temple is the first of Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Temples (18 Prominent Shakti Temples). It is the only Ashtadasha Shakti Peetham outside India.
As per the legend of Sati Devi and Daksha Yagna, Goddess Sati’s slashed body parts were fallen all over the places and since then those holy places have become Shakti Peethas. And Goddess Sati’s GROIN part fallen at this place.
Shanakri Devi Temple is situated in an east coast town of Srilanka, Trincomalee (Tri – Cona – Malai = a triangular hill). Along with the temple of Shaankari Devi, there is a temple of Lord Shiva – TRIKONESHWARA Temple (Koneshwaram Temple).
The actual name of this place was Thirukonamalai from which the new name Trincomalee is emerged. The 6th century’s Tamil literature works have got references of Thirukoneshwaram temple.
Portuguese people demolished these temples in 17th century. Now we can see the new & renowned versions of temples.
From Colombo, Trincomalee is about 280 km distance and we should travel through A6 highway to reach the temple.