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Kataragama, Sri Lanka

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Buddhist Kataragama

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Popular Sinhalese Religion

The Sinhala Buddhist lay community accepts a large body of beliefs and religious rituals that are tolerated by Buddhist monks and integrated into Sinhalese religion.

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Buddhist Kataragama

Although, strictly speaking, the word Kataragama refers to the place-name of a certain area in southern Sri Lanka

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Kataragama, A Blessed City

Kataragama, Kacharagama or Kadiragama...whatever name you may call it, it's a place of worship for all. People from all religions gather here to pray to the Kataragama God

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Water cutting Ceremony or Diya kaepima

Sri Lankans believe that the water collected at the diya kaepima (water-cutting) ceremony is sacred and to touch this water or to bathe in it is considered particularly efficacious to remove evil.

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How The Warrior God Helps The Faithful

God Kataragama is popularly known among the Hindus as God Skanda and the Saivites of South India call the god Subrahmanya.