Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic
The Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic is temple located in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It houses the relic of the Lord Buddha, which is an object of veneration for Buddhists. This is locally known as “Sri Dalada Maligawa“.
Evening view of the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic
This is the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the World. It is worshiped not only by the Buddhist of Sri Lanka, but by Buddhists all around the Globe.
The Tooth Relic is positioned in the upper floor in a chamber known as “Vadahitina Maluwa”. The entrance to the chamber is covered with gold, silver and ivory. The Sacred Tooth Relic is wrapped in a gold caskets studded with precious stones. Outer casket is embossed by valuable stones offered to the Tooth Relic.
Front view of the Paththiruppuwa (Octagon)
The first Temple for the Relic in Kandy was built by King Wimaladharmasuriya I, who selected Kandy as the Capital for ruling. Presently there are no remains of this temple.
Wimaladharmasuriya II built a three storied temple. And King Viraparakrama Narendrasinha, the last Sinhalese King to rule the country, newly built is a two storied temple after sighting that the ancient temple built by his father had decayed. Then King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built the “Pattirippuwa” (Octagon) which used by Kings to address the general people.
The Kandy Esala Perahera
The Kandy Esala Perahera also called as The Festival of the Tooth is a grandly celebrated festival. This pageant is celebrated during the months of July and August. And is an Annually celebrated festival.
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