Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

The Temple of the Tooth and the Buddhist Museum, Sri Dalada Maligawa, dates back to the 16th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Recognised as the most important object in the Buddhist world, the sacred relic of the tooth of Buddha is enshrined at the temple. Brought from India 2500 years ago, it is said that the possessor of the relic had the right to rule the country. The relic is kept in a gold casket and stored amidst great security in the Inner Chamber.

You can witness one of the most spectacular festivals in the world. The Kandy Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and most colourful festivals in Sri Lanka and Asia. The festival features awe-inspiring dancers; many jewel-encrusted elephants, traditional Kandyan costumes and a myriad of drummers with fire-breathers and musicians around the streets of Kandy. This yearly festival is held during the evenings of July –August for 10 days to honour the Tooth of the Buddha known as the Tooth Relic. The festival starts each day between 7- 8pm and lasts for 2 hours.


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