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Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbor, on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. On the east side of the town of Trincomalee, on a cliff known as Swami Rock stands one of the oldest Kovils (Hindu temple) in Sri Lanka.

The present day Tirukonesvaram Kovil was rebuilt on the site of the Dakshana Kailayam (temple of 100 pillars) - that was destroyed by the Portugese in the 17th century. The restoration work was completed in the 1960's, and it is a "must see" site, for the visitors to Trincomalee. Friday evening Puja (offerings) services are specially colorful.



Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kingsley Swampillai

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Nithidasan


 8,397.39 sq. km

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Name of 1st Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Charles Lavinge SJ

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Gaston Robinche SJ

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 Rt. Rev. Dr. B. Deogupillai (Auxiliary Bishop)

Name of 4th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. L.R. Anthony

Name of 5th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kingsley Swampillai

Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah

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