Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), Kandy

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A World Heritage Site, Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) plays home to one of Buddhism's most important relics, the tooth of the Buddha himself. Originally constructed in 1595, the temple played a key role in the nation's history, as local tradition held that the right to rule to country lay with the one who possessed the Buddha relic. You can enter the main hall of the temple and admire its vaulted ceilings and columned hallways adorned with golden statues of elephants, likenesses of the Buddha, and scenes from his life. Though you can't actually see the tooth itself, you'll get a chance to observe the gold casket that encloses it. Afterwards, you can wander the rest of the temple complex and discover its array of shrines, halls, and displays. For Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and beyond, use our Kandy vacation planner to get the most from your Kandy vacation.
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  • Our driver was good enough to guide us through the mayhem that was the evening ceremony where the doors are opened revealing the holy relic. It was crammed to the rafters and as people filtered by the...  more »
  • I have to temper this a little as we have visited many many Buddist temples all over Asia. This is a very grand place in size, but somewhat underwhelming in terms of the site itself. This is basically...  more »
  • You must visit this place, even if you are just hopping for a night. Best time to visit this place will be post sunset. The place is lit with wonderful lighting and don't forget to check out the archi...  more »
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  • This is considered as one of the most sacred buddhist temple in srilanka where the tooth relic of load buddha is kept.this is situated at the city center of kandy, beside the lake. the Sri dalada Maligawa was a former palace of a king of srilanka in the kandyan era before making it the tooth relic temple.So here you can see lots of paintings ,stone carvings and various kind of historical arts related to the kandyan era .the tooth relic is kept under a roof covered with golden plates and its revealed to the public only at special times.but if you go there around 10.00 am you would get lucky most of the time. this is one of the best place to visit if you are interested in learning the ancient traditions and customs of srilanka. important thing to remember when visiting the place is your cloths.they will not allow you in with revealing cloths.better to wear white cloths which covers most of your body.
  • Sri lnakan most important place Sri dalada maligava the lord buddhas teeth is proctect at this place.
  • Literary sources indicate that the sacred Tooth Relic was received by king Vimaladharmasuriya I with great veneration and placed in the new three – storied shrine built by him near the royal palace. The Dutch Plan of 1765 shows the ground plans of two shrines. The one at the back should be the original one built by the king. His successor was Senarat (1603 – 1634), a brother of the deceased king had to face severe opposition from the contenders. He had to live in such distant places as Mahiyangana. He was able take the Tooth Relic to a safe location at Madamahanuvara in the hills enveloped with thick forest cover. Even under these difficult conditions, king Senarat was able to give due honor to the sacred Tooth Relic by placing it in a suitable shrine. Rajasimha II (1634 – 1686) succeeded king Senarat. As the Portuguese interference in local political affairs was intensified, Rajasimha sought the aid of the Dutch to circumvent the situation. This action did not meet the approval of the people and a chaotic situation arose again, even to the extent of ceasing the holding of the annual Tooth Relic festival and the king leaving the palace. However he was able to rebuild the sacred Tooth Relic shrine into a two-storied structure and place the Tooth Relic therein. After Rajasimha II, Vimaladharmasuriya II (1686 – 1706) occupied the throne. He was a peace-loving ruler and was able to maintain harmonious relations with the Dutch and attend to many religious activities. The higher ordination of monks was re-established with the help of Burmese monks. He built a new three-storied Relic House for the sacred Tooth Relic. This probably constitutes the structure shown in front in the Dutch Plan of 1765. The king is also credited with the preparation of a grand golden casket for the sacred Tooth Relic and he held great festivities and rituals in honor of the sacred Tooth of the Buddha. Next in line of the ruling house was King Viraparakrama Narendrasimha (1707 – 1739). He was the last Sinhalese king of a long line of rulers and is credited with the protection of the sacred Tooth Relic and ritual honors accorded to the Relic. He rebuilt the Tooth Relic shrine making it two-storied. The chronicle provides a graphic description of the decoration of the shrine with murals of jatakas, etc. At the recent bomb blast of the Tamil Tigers, amidst destruction and devastation of the Dalada Maligava premises, the structure of this shrine known as Vadahitina Maligava was miraculously saved. The falling off of the top plaster of some parts of the walls of the inner shrine has revealed some of the original murals that would belong to the re-builder of the shrine, Narendrasimha. The next ruler was Sri Vijaya Rajasimha (1738 – 1746) of South Indian Nayakkar origin, who became converted to Buddhism under the influence of Venerable Valvita Saranankara. He was recorded in the Chronicle, Mahavamsa, as having opened the relic casket and seen the sacred Tooth Relic with his own eyes.
  • The Sri Lankan most important place is dalada maliga or temple of the tooth.The loar buddha teeth is protect at this place.Sri Lankan people most went to this place and worship.In the past Sri Lanka final capital city is Kandy.The dalada maligawa was built by king Wimaladharmasuriya.
  • This is a sacred place all the buddhist worship. The Lord Budhdha's tooth relic is kept here.. Thousands of local and foreigners worship Dalada Maligawa everyday.. A must visit place for all the buddhists.. In mid july the annual Esala Perahara starts... It is also an historic and sacred event which is done annually.. Most of the Sri Lankans witness this event annually with a great devotion in there hearts... And also many foreigners witness this colourful event...