Timings : Sun - Sat 05:30 AM - 08:00 PM: Puja Timings: Morning: 5.30 AM -6.45 AM, 9.30 AM-11:00 AM; Evening: 6.30 PM -8:00 PM
Entry Fee : Foreigners LKR 1500.00; SAARC Countries LKR 750.00
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Sri Dalada Maligawa is the Sinhalese name for this holy shrine. Famously called Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, it is touted to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in the whole world. It houses the tooth of Buddha nestled in a golden chamber and is within the premises of the royal palace complex (formerly a princely state). Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is said that whichever state holds the tooth relic, maintains an essential place in the governance of the country.
The ambience inside is exceptionally cosy and welcoming; it enthrals with the smells of fresh flowers, and coconut oil lit candles and lamps. Within the temple, the daily pujas are carried out in the ground floor consisting of the Pallemaluwa. On Wednesdays, the bathing of the relic with a 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.
Ardent believers flock in large numbers wearing robes with offerings of flowers and lamps. The temple grounds spread out to many hectares and has all tourist spots under one head. 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!
The temple is open throughout the week from 05:30 AM - 08:00 PM.
It is best to visit the temple during the puja timings in order to fully see the spectacle of offerings. The timigns are as follows:
Morning: 5.30 AM -6.45 AM, 9.30 AM-11:00 AM
Evening: 6.30 PM -8:00 PM
Entry Fee depends on the nationality of the visitor.
Foreigners LKR 1500.00; SAARC Countries LKR 750.00
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