Kantharodai & Tamil Buddhists Of Antiquity

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“…Few have heard of it and fewer have visited it…”

I heard about Kantharodai only recently. There seemed to be a certain magic about the place and I yearned to visit it. The big coach I was travelling on this February could not negotiate the narrow winding side road from the main Jaffna-KKS road and I had to walk the final kilometre to the site, nestling in a grove of palmyra trees. A sign in Sinhala said that the Buddha was here during his visit to nearby Nagadeepa. Gun totting soldiers lurked about and a modern and out of place corrugated iron image house with a brightly painted statue of Buddha looked garish. There were bus loads of noisy pilgrims who were only interested in having their pictures taken with the stupas in background. I, rather selfishly, wanted the site to myself and wished they would go away.

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