Jaffna, like the other maritime districts, fell to the Dutch in 1658. The Dutch were more tolerant than the Portuguese. Don Juan Ragunatha Mappana Mudaliyar was were shroff in the Kachcheri (and hence an influential person) obtained permission from Government to rebuild the temple. The temple was built in stone and brick in 1734. His decendants have, to date been, trustees of the temple. The present incumbent Kumaradasa Mappana Mudaliyar enjoys a reputation for punctuality and discipline. He has, during his period of office, been effecting additions and improvements to the temple, making it spacious and accessible to the very large crows that throng during the festival. The very atmosphere of the temple breathes holiness and peace.
In Punctuality, Order and neatness, Nallur Provides a model for all Saiva temples. This is one of the few temples the conduct the stipulated nithya akkini ana nithya utsawam daily. Tuesdays and Fridays withness a large numbers of devotees. Each (lunar), month Thirukarthikai is of special significance. It is Lord Muruga’s day. The pageant of the vel with valli and Theivayanai is enthralling