Sri Muthumariamman Kovil Temple – Matale
Sri Muthumariamman Kovil Temple is a famous Hindu shrine placed in Matale town, Sri Lanka. This temple is devoted to Mariamman, the god of rain and fertility. The history of Sri Muthumariamman Temple can be pursued back to the 19th century.
The land was formerly part of a paddy field and was gifted by the landlord in 1852. The current temple was established in 1874, funded by the Nattukkottai Chettiar. This temple is utilised by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple was originally a tiny statue under a tree prayed to by the Hindu people but developed by the people in Matale.
One of this temple's most visually dominant highlights is its 55 m (180 ft) high Gopuram, a large decorated tower placed above the main northern gateway to the temple. The title of this gopuram is the Raja Koburum, and it is one of the largest Gopurams in Sri Lanka. The 1008 sculptures of Hindu deities were done by the South Indian artist Nagalingam also his son Ramanathan beside the staff of about 100 designers, artisans and designers from Tamil Nadu, India and Sri Lanka.