The premier place of Hindu workship in Jaffna,this kovil is characterized by a golden arch and elaborate gopuram.The original temple said to have been built by the king Buwanekabahu was destroyed by the Portuguese and the present building of the kovil dates back to the 18th century.
The most important festival in the Jaffna peninsula is held here. The representation of the deity which is kept in the temple is brought out and placed on a chariot and thus is conducted the annual procession along the roads around the kovil. The procession along the roads around the kovil. The procession ends on the full moon day in the month of August and begins 26 days before this full moon day.