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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth: Photo 21

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The Temple of Kataragama, a guardian deity considered the son of Shiva, is a few minutes' walk away and in the town proper.  (The temple is run by Tamils, among whom this god is called Skandha and is known as the god of war.  The name Kataragama comes from a town of that name in southeastern Sri Lanka, where there is an especially important Skandha devale.)

The temple can be distinguished from the other buildings by its sharply peaked tile roof.  To its right is the echoing peak of Hantane, a famous mountain to Kandy's south.  Its lower slopes are in tea plantations.

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