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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  • Great culturally. There is an informative museum section that is free to tourists, which I recommend. Going barefoot can be part of the experience, with foot washing stations for afterward. It was ver...  read more »
  • This is an absolute must for anyone staying in or around Kandy. There is so much to learn whilst walking around with a tour guide in the stunning temple. I'm not religious but even I felt incredibly p...  read more »
  • We pay 1500 rupees each (2000 from January next year, less for the local and Thai). The temple is certainly pretty but the visit and very fast. More you pay for the care of shoes 200 rupees. Disappointment to pay so much for a religious building.
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  • On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
  • Even though they won's show you the tooth, it's a nice temple to visit, but also to watch the pelgims perform their puja's. As we were in Kandy during the yearly Perahera, there was a special festive atmosphere.
  • After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, thetooth relic was preserved in Kalinga and smuggled to the island by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha on the instructions of her father King Guhasiva.They landed in the island in Lankapattana during the reign of Sirimeghavanna of Anuradhapura (301-328) and handed over the tooth relic.The king enshrined it Meghagiri Vihara (present day Isurumuniya) in Anuradhapura. Safeguard of the relic was a responsibility of the monarch, therefore over the years the custodianship of relic became to symbolize the right to rule. Therefore, reigning monarchs built the tooth relic temples quite close to their royal residences, as was the case during the times of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, andKingdom of Dambadeniya. During the era of the Kingdom of Gampola, the relic was housed in Niyamgampaya Vihara. It is reported in the messenger poems such asHamsa, Gira, and Selalihini that the temple of tooth relic was situated within the city of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte when the Kingdom of Kotte was established there.
  • What a wonderful place. Altough busy during the ceremony, it is in fact the best time to visit (between 6-8pm). Tourists mix with locals to all pay respect to the Buddha and his teachings. A way of life that is sure to inspire anyone, if only just a bit 🙌 A must see, and must experience, place in Kandy. You can buy oil lamps, flowers and/or incense sticks outside as well as inside the Temple.
  • Wonderful buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. If you go there, don't forget see the elephant "Raja" s museum.
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