Label : Must Visit
Tags : Buddhist Temple
Timings : Open throughout the week from 05:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Morning Puja : 5.30 AM - 7:00 AM AM, 9.30 AM - 11:00 AM
Evening Puja: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Entry Fee : SAARC: LKR 1000
Others: LKR 1500
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The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the world. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. The temple houses the sacred tooth of Buddha nestled in a golden chamber within the premises of the royal palace complex. Evening is the best time to visit when the temple is lit up.
According to Sri Lankan legend, the left canine tooth of Buddha was retrieved from his funeral pyre after his death in 543 BC. It is believed that this tooth is stored in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The ambiance inside is exceptionally cozy and welcoming; it enthralls with the smells of fresh flowers and coconut oil-lit candles and lamps. Within the temple, the daily pujas are carried out on the ground floor, consisting of the Pallemaluwa. On Wednesdays, the bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation (scented water and fragrant flowers) takes place. It is called the Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is of substantial spiritual reverence and is distributed among the devotees.
The temple grounds are spread out over many hectares and have all tourist spots under one roof. Museum, Royal gardens, royal palace, Ambience hall, Mahamaluwa, meditation grounds, moonstone, and the Kandy lake overlooking an array of florals – these and many more sights are the reasons for its ingenuity and grandeur! Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is said that whichever state holds the tooth relic maintains an essential place in the country's governance.
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