The Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple is a Hindu temple that’s dedicated to the Goddess Kali, specifically the form of Bhadrakali. It is found within the famous Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple Complex which contains a large number of connected Hindu shrines and temples. For those wishing to immerse themselves in the local culture, visiting the temple and paying your respects to the Goddess Kali can be a truly memorable experience – one which is as enthralling as it is spiritual.
While the exact origins of the Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple are shrouded in mystery, it is known that the shrine was constructed by the 11th century and was attracting large numbers of visitors even then. Once the Chola’s invaded Sri Lanka and consolidated their power near the end of the 1st century, they began to undertake several reconstruction and renovation projects.
During your visit to the temple, the most striking feature you’ll notice is the stunning architecture on display. There quite a few obvious Chola and Dravidian influences seen here. The exterior of the temple is bathed in a brilliant display of colour. The paintings that adorn these walls tell the legendary tales of the gods and their exploits.
If you decide to visit around 11.30 am, the daily prayers will have started – even non-Hindus are permitted to enter the temple at this time and observe these rituals. You can witness devotees pray and smash coconuts in sacrifice to the Goddess. You’ll also be blessed with a small dot on your forehead and the memories of this whole event are sure to stick with you for even longer.