Madhu Church

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Madhu Church

About 300kms away from the capital city of Colombo, in the North Western district of Mannar, lies the Madhu Church. It's a church consecrated to the Virgin Mary and is venerated especially by the Catholics of the land. It's a jungle shrine, less visited when it's not festival time. Every year, there are three festival seasons observed by this church. They are held in the months of July, September and October. Mannar, the arid land where the Madhu church is located, is very rich in folk-lore and legend. Prince Vijaya called this land "Thambapanni" when he saw the copper coating on his palms where he touched the shore when he landed here. According to Ramayanam, the monkey ally, Hanuman and Prince Ram landed in Lanka at this spot when he came in search of Sita. A Muslim shrine exists at a spot at which it is believed that Adam and Eve are buried. Mannar is also considered one of the oldest sea ports in the island. In past eras it was known as Mahathittha. The Portuguese too built a fort here. The presence of the Hindu temple Thiruketheswarm, the Muslim shrine where Adam and Eve rest, and the Madhu church make this area well worth visiting. Thousands of devotees camp out in the nearby jungle during the festival seasons. It's an important point to interact with the local population. After a period of about 30 years of war, the area is once more open to tourists. The legendary Adam's bridge on which hanuman's army is said to have crossed over to Lanka and on which Adam and Eve who were banished from paradise also crossed over to Lanka, lies according to legend somewhere close to the Second Eden. To the west of the south point is a chain of reefs with an abandoned light house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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