Temple Of Tooth

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist temple. According to Sri Lankan legends, when the Buddha died in 543 BCE, his body was cremated in a sandalwood pyre at Kushinagar and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by his disciple, Khema. A belief grew that whoever possessed the tooth relic had a divine right to rule that land. The tooth is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. Rituals are performed thrice a day. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present. Visitors must wear clothes that cover their legs, shoulders and must remove your shoes. While there, do visit the World Buddhism Museum situated just behind the main temple.

Aruna Sundaresan

Aruna is a full-time writer, a part-time entrepreneur. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy & Religion. In her free time, she loves to travel and read poetry.


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