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Hundred Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka

Ancient, Medieval and Modern


By Sanmugam Arumugam


ISBN-10: 0957502346

ISBN-13: 978-0957502345

ASIN: B00M60XIA6 (Kindle)


HUndred Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka - Ancient, Medieval and Modern


In 1980, Sanmugam Arumugam (1905 - 2000) wrote a book titled ‘Ancient Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka’. There was a good demand for the book and a second revised edition was published in 1982. This second edition had two additional maps giving the locations of the temples and an Appendix giving details of the original Patrons of the temples. A Glossary of Tamil terms relating to temples was also included.


Encouraged by the warm reception accorded to the book, Sanmugam Arumugam wrote a second book which was published in 1991. It was titled ‘More Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka’. The book gave details of additional ancient, medieval and modern Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka.  Together, these two books contain details of over 100 Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka.


These two books have been out of print for quite a while, but there appears to be a continuing and growing interest in the subject. It was therefore considered worthwhile reprinting the two books, merging the contents of the two books into a single volume. The texts of the two books were written twenty-five to thirty-five years ago, so it is possible that some of the temples described have new buildings constructed in them since the text was written.


The beautiful hand-drawn sketch on the front cover has been drawn by Darshan RajaRayan, grandson of Sanmugam Arumugam. It is a sketch of the five-tiered Gopuram of the Thiruketheswaram Temple, which is near Mannar. The sketch used as a guideline the photograph of this Gopuram which is in the text of the book. Dharshan was also responsible for the cover design.


Thanks are also due to our publishers, Ohm Books and to Seggy T Segaran. If not for his enthusiasm, initiative and ebullience this volume would not have seen the light of day.


Sanmugam Arumugam


Sanmugam Arumugam, B.Sc.(Lond.), B.Sc.(Eng.), F.I.C.E.,F.I.E., was born in 1905, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Graduating in Engineering from King's College, London, he was an Irrigation Engineer for over thirty years. Ruins of many historic sites and ancient temples were visited when he had to visit irrigation works for restoration.


On retirement he wrote about Hindu Temples. He made a tour visiting the Hindu Monuments of ancient Java, and Hindu Agamic Temples of Bali and Lombok.


He passed away in 2000.


His other works: ‘Lord of Thiruketheeswaram’, ‘Koneswaram’, ‘Lombok and Its Temples’, ‘Stone Sculptures in Colombo Hindu Temples’ and ‘Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon’.


















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