From its name alone, the Sacred Temple of the Tooth doesn’t sound very sacred at all until you find out whose tooth it is that’s preserved in the temple. It is no less than the tooth of the Buddha himself. Also called Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Sacred Temple of the Tooth or Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in Kandy, the spiritual center of Sri Lanka. In ancient times, the tooth played an important role both in religion and politics, because people believed that whoever held the relic had the power to rule the country. The tooth relic has been housed in the city of Kandy through the centuries. Kandy was the last Sinhalese capital and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly due to the tooth temple.
Tourists visit to see the elaborate ceremonies within the temple. Buddhist monks from the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters conduct [Read more…]