Tam: மாவிட்டபுரம் māviṭṭapuram – Sin: මාවිට්ටපුරම් māviṭṭapuram

 ‘Vanished Horse Town’  NP,  Sri Lanka

From Tam: ma,  ‘animal, beast (usually a  horse or elephant)’; viṭu, ‘remove, get rid of’; and puram, city’.

The Chola Princess Maruthapuraveegavalli had a disfigurement which had transformed her face so it looked more like a horse’s.

Following spiritual advice, she bathed in the holy waters at Keerimalai.

When this treatment removed her equine looks she presented a statue of Lord Murugan to the temple here as a gift of thanks (see Kankesanthurai).

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.