Interior of the Sivan Kovil

The Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

Also known as the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, after Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, the Sri Lankan independence activist who took over its administration in 1905, from his father, and built the current kovil in 1915, it is located on Aluthmawatha, in Kochchikade, opposite the Colombo dockyards. Constructed entirely in dark granite, carved by South Indian stoneworkers brought in especially for the job, the Sivan Kovil’s monochrome austerity stands in stark contrast to the extremely colourful Hindu temples and shrines seen throughout Sri Lanka and southern India. Christmas Eve, 2017.

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