The present Shiva temple which is quite well known locally than the Shankari Temple was a recent construction.The Shiva is called as TRIKONESHVARA (Probably because it is in Trincomalee which is truly TRI CONA MALAI- meaning triangle shaped hill).

The temple is located in Trimkomali, or Trincomalee on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

The place Trinconmalee means a triangular shaped hill (Tri- cona- malee or malai). There is also a Kali temple which people visit enroute to Shankari Devi temple.

There is also a more famous Kali temple in the heart of the town to which devotees can make a visit en-route from the Shankari Temple.

The town of Kanchi was the capital of the ancient Pallavas.

When Sati, attended the yaga no body has cared for her and she felt insulted by the actions of her sisters and parents.

Then when her father started abusing her husband she could not control her feelings and scarified herself at the place of yagna by creating agni from earth with her right thumb of her foot.

There are 18 such places and they are called Among these, the Shakti Peethas at Kamkhya, Gaya and Ujjain are regarded as most sacred as they symbolize three most important aspects of mother Goddess viz.

Creation (Kamarupa Devi), Nourishment (Sarvamangala Devi/Mangalagauri) and Annihilation (Mahakali Devi).

When observed carefully one can see that they lie in a perfect straight line from Kamakhya to Ujjain via Gaya symbolizing that every creation in this universe will annihilate one day without fail.

Together with Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi, and Kashi Vishalakshi we have the most potent Shat Sakthi Peethams.

Knowing this Lord Shiva removed one bunch of Jhatha from his head and hit it on the earth.