The Temple of the Sacred Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa ) Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and long a center of the Buddhist faith, the stunning 17th-century. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The Temple of Tooth is a World Heritage Site
The temple of tooth is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This valuable relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms, frangipani and jasmine every day. Malwatte and Asgiriya bhikkhus accomplish daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. At dawn, at noon and in the evenings these are the three Rituals in its. There is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from fragrant flowers and scented water on Wednesdays, called Nanumura Mangallaya.
History of the Temple of the Tooth
Consistent with legend, the tooth was obtained from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha the tooth relic was conserved in Kalinga and smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, concealed in the hair of Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha. They landed in the island in Lankapattana, Sri Lanaka during the time in power of Sirimeghavanna of Anuradhapura and handed over the tooth relic to this king and he preserved it Meghagiri Vihara ( Isurumuniya). The monarchies were protected the tooth relic temples and they were lived in the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Dambadeniya Kingdom,Gampola Kingdom, Kotte Kindom and Polonnaruwa Kingdom. The current temple of the tooth was built by Vira Narendra Singha. The moat and Pattirippuwa was attached during the control of Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe.
Unfortunately in January 1998 Hindu Tamil separatists bombed the temple, damaging its facade and roof.
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