Kataragama a popular pilgrimage destination
frequented by adherents of all religions
in Sri Lanka. The main shrine devoted
to Skanda popularly described in eulogies
as God having six faces and twelve
arms whose assistance is sought for
worldly gain. The history of the shrine
dates back to 2 century BC. The annual
procession held in July or August
is the main event of the shrine with
fire walkers and Kawadi dancers. Offering
to the got are made at 4.30am 10.30am
and 6.30pm daily.
Kataragama has a network
of hotels, guest houses as well as
free pilgrim rests.