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Vannarpannai is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 9°41′0″N 80°1′0″E / 9.68333°N 80.01667°E / 9.68333; 80.01667
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Jaffna
DS Division Jaffna

Vannarpannai (Tamil: வண்ணார்பண்ணை) is a notable suburb within the Jaffna town municipality in the northern Jaffna District in Sri Lanka. It is home to many cultural insituitions that are important for the Saiva revivalism of the local Sri Lankan Tamils as initiated by Arumuga Navalar.[1] It is home to Kathiresan Temple and Vaitheeswaran Temple in which Navalar began his circuit preaching. It is also home to schools such as Vaitheeswara Vidyalayam, Srila Sri Arumuga Navalar School and Jaffna Hindu College and the Sivaprakasa Printing Press founded in 1848.[2] The suburb has suffered adverse effects due to the Sri Lankan civil war[3]


  1. ^ Hudson, Dennis (January 1992). Religious Controversy in British India: Dialogues in South Asian Languages. State University of New York. ISBN 0-7914-0827-2. 
  2. ^ Lions of Lanka: Kadai Swami
  3. ^ Picture1

Coordinates: 9°41′N 80°1′E / 9.683°N 80.017°E / 9.683; 80.017