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Kataragama Temple

Choosing fruits for the offerings (pujah) at the Hindu Temple, from one of the many stalls

Pilgrims bathing in the Sacred River that runs through Katargama from Sri Pada (the holy mountain)

Consulting a Kataragama clairvoyant

Buying water lilies for offering at Buddhist Temple shrines

Topping up the oil lamps at the Buddhist Temples

Main Buddhist Temple

Pilgrims leave number plates to bring good luck for their vans, tractors, 3 wheelers etc

Rags into which are tied coins with pilgrims’ wishes and prayers

Temple pilgrim group  who have brought one of their temple monks  with their group, praying at a shrine in the Buddhist Temple. Often the monk will lead Buddhist chants and prayers for the pilgrim group.