We have learnt from the historical records that Tirukonamalai is the Tamil name for Trincomalee. 'Tiru kon mala';* Tiru in Tamil means "sacred", 'Kon'(Gsr6u) a king of God,'Malai' - a mountain or hill. Thirukonamali is accordingly the sacred hill of God.
'Trincomalee' (as now used) is stated to be a corruption of 'Tirukonmalai'.
The legends traditions and the beliefs, relating to Ceylon including Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Skanda Purana establish that Saivism was prevalent in this Country for a very early period.
King Ravana was a great devotee of the Lord of Koneswarani and his devotion to Siva is immortalized in the hymns of the Tamil Saiva saints also.
Dr. Paul E. Peiris (eminent Sinhalese historian) said this about the ancient Hindu Temples of Ceylon: "Long before the arrival of Vijayathere were in Lankafive recognized Isvarams of Siva which claimed and received adoration of all India. There were Thirukketheeswaram near Mahatitha. Munneswaram dominating Salawatta and pearl fishery: Thondewaram near Mantota. Thirukoneswaram near great bay of Kottiar and Nageleswaram near Kankesanthurai. Their situation close to those ports cannot be the result of accident or caprice and was probably
determined by the concourse of a wealthy mercantile population whose religious wants forattention".
Needless to say, according to'Konesar Kalveddu'the founding of the Temple was in the year 512 Kali-Yuga on Monday the tenth day the month of Vaikasi (May.June). Current Tamil Almanac - The panchchangam - given the year A.C. 1968 as 5070 Kali Yuga. Therefore the year 512 Kali-Yuga will correspond to B.C. 2590. The founding of the temple at Konamalai was 4558 years ago from now.
Vcripava Malai a record of the historical traditions of Jaffna written by Mylagana Pulavar makes a positive statement that Prince Vijaya before assuming the kingship of the land renewed the Koneswaram Temple in the East, Santhirasekaram at Dondra Head in the South, Naguleswaram in the North and rebuilt Thiruketheeswaram on the West, which had been in
In the Seventh century St. Sambandhar and St. Appar two of the four most famous Saiva saints had sung the praises of this ternple in Pathikams -that too because of their divine vision (without visiting this Country and remaining in India)
Thus the existence of this Great Kovil in this Country (which is described as "SIVAPOOMI" by the Saint Thirurnoolar) is established for several centuries.
We, the Hindus of this Country are grateful to the Board of Management of this Kovil for maintaining the sanctity of this Kovil and taking steps to restore the same to its original glory.
May His Almighty Mathumai Udanurai Thirukkoneswaraperuman bless them!
All Ceylon Hindu Congress
(Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka)