As the name already gives it up, the Temple of the Tooth or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a center of Buddhist faith and is believed to house Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist heirloom- a tooth of the Buddha. Yes! To be specific this temple houses the left upper canine of the Lord Buddha. As expected, this precious artifact attracts pilgrims and tourists alike from all round the globe.
This tooth was basically taken from the Buddha while he lay on his funeral pyre. It has a long and interesting history attached to it and you need to visit this place to understand it better. This temple is not very magnificent or foreboding from the outside, as one would think. It is very soberly made in white color with red roofs and lies clustered around the Kandy Lake. In contrast to this simple exterior the interior of the temple is simply marvelous. It is very intricately carved and made up of wood, ivory and lacquer.
The room where the tooth is housed is heavily guarded and is open for tourists during prayers and offering once a year, yet you still can’t actually see the tooth. It is kept in a golden casket which is a stupa like structure which contains a series of six such caskets of diminishing sizes. The entire temple complex covers a very large area and houses several other temples and museums within the complex.
This place should be in the bucket list of every tourist and traveler, since the magnificence of this place can only be experienced, not described!
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