Sin: තන්තිරිමලේ tantirimalē – Tam: தந்திரிமலை tantirimalai

‘Tantra Rock’   NCP,  Sri Lanka.

From Tam: tantiri, ‘(tantric) priest’; and malai, ‘hill, mountain, rock’.

Tantirimalai is now a 200 acre archaeological site with caves, drawings, inscriptions and a Bodhigara (Bodhi tree temple) dating back to the 1stC.

The building complex and terracotta statues indicate that this may have been a Tantric place of worship in the 8th-10thC.

The name Tantirimalai itself may denote the rock where Tantric priests lived.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.