Tooth Temple Kandy


Joris van Spilbergen
The Dutch presence in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) lasted 150 years, officially from 1658 when the Dutch expelled the Portuguese, until 1796, the year of the British occupation. However, the first encounter with the island dates back to 1602, when Joris van Spilbergen arrived on the eastern coast.

What is temple of the Tooth?

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the Royal Palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha.

Where is Buddha’s tooth located?

Built in 2007, the temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India and displayed on the temple’s grounds.

Who brought the tooth relic to Sri Lanka?

The Kalinga king Guhasiva in the 4th century AD sends the tooth relic to Sri Lanka with Prince Danta and Princess Hemamala in order to prevent its possession by his enemies who made war. The tooth relic is received by the then King Meghavanna in Anuradhapura and enshrined in a 3rd century holy edifice.

What is the importance of Dalada Maligawa?

Sri Dalada Maligawa

The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times, it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort.

Who built the temple of tooth in Kandy?

Vira Narendra Sinha
The present-day temple of the tooth was built by Vira Narendra Sinha. The octagonal Paththirippuwa and moat were added during the reign of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. The royal architect Devendra Moolacharya is credited with building the Paththirippuwa.

Can you see the Tooth Temple?

You cannot actually see the relic of the tooth of the Buddha when visiting the Kandy Tooth Temple, as it is kept in the smallest of seven nested golden caskets (think Matryoshka dolls) shaped like a stupa or dagoba, that are kept in an inner shrine inside the temple.

Is The Tooth of Buddha Real?

The temple of Sacred Tooth is situated in the royal complex in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. The City Kandy was an ancient kingdom during the lifetime of Lord Buddha. The temple of Sacred Tooth is considered quite important since this temple holds the relic of the real tooth of the Lord Buddha.

Why is Buddha’s tooth important?

According to Sri Lankan legend, a single tooth remained following Buddha’s cremation. His left canine came to be an important possession as it was thought that whoever had the tooth had the divine right to rule.

Who has Buddha’s tooth?

The relic in Sri Lanka

Upon each change of capital, a new palace was built to enshrine the relic. Finally, it was brought to Kandy where it is at present, in the Temple of the Tooth.


The island appears to have been colonized by the Balangoda Man (named after the area where his remains were discovered) prior to 34,000 BP. They have been identified as a group of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers who lived in caves.


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