Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Got a problem with someone? Been on the sharp end of someone’s bad karma? Then go to this island temple just off Hikkaduwa beach and toast a few chillies. That’ll do the trick.
At least it will according to the many myths surrounding the Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, where, according to legend, you can ask the Buddhist god Devol to punish your enemies with the help of a spicy burnt offering.
The Devol Deviyo culture is common among the Sinhalese, and is widely practiced by the fishing communities throughout the southern and western lowlands. This charming, if somewhat isolated, little temple is well worth a visit.
Devol ceremonies are prominent and often practiced along the coastal areas. Some also guarantee the success of fishing.
Devalaya (Temple) is on an island just off the coast located by the Colombo - Galle main road, just before the Hikkaduwa Town.
This Temple is devoted for Devol Deviyan (God Devol) and around 300 years old.
But some believe that, this place is more than 1000 years old, but there is no any proven evidence.
Even though, many visors Seenigama goes only to the devalaya in the mainland, the main devalaya is located in a close by island.
This one can be reached only by a boat. locals used to stop here while on their way to down south. People coming various parts of island pray for the blessing of the god.
Some people come to this place and do various special rituals & offerings and beg the god for punishing their enemies.
Specially if some one faced a injustice, if there is no other help, they used to come here and grid chilies. This is to request the god to curse party, who has done injustice to them.