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. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evening. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and flagrant flowers, called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
The temple sustained damage from bombings at various times but was fully restored each time.
After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, tooth relic was preserved in Kalinga and smuggled to the island by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha on the instructions of her father King Guhasiva. They landed in the island in Lankapattana during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Meghavarna (301-328) and handed over the tooth relic. The king enshrined it Meghagiri Vihara (present day Isurumuniya) in Anuradhapura. Safeguard of the relic was a responsibility of the monarch, therefore over the years the custodianship of relic became to symbolize the right to rule. Therefore reigning monarchs built the tooth relic temples quite close to their royal residences, as was the case during the times of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala kingdoms. During the era of Kingdom of Gampola the relic was housed in Niyamgampaya Vihara. It is reported in the messenger poems such as Hamsa, Gira, and Selalihini that the temple of tooth relic was situated within the city of Kotte when the kingdom was established there
During the reign of King Dharmapala, the relic kept hidden in Delgamuwa Vihara, Ratnapura in a grinding stone. It was brought to Kandy by Hiripitiye Diyawadana Rala and Devanagala Rathnalankara Thera. King Vimaladharmasuriya I built a two storey building to deposit the tooth relic and the building is now gone. In 1603 when the Portuguese invaded Kandy, it was carried to Meda Mahanuwara in Dumbara. It was recovered in the time of Râjasimha II and it has been reported that he reinstate the original building or has built a new temple. The present day temple of the tooth was built by Vira Narendra Sinha. The octagonal Patthirippuwa and moat was added during the reign of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. Famous Kandyan architect Devandra Mulacharin is credited with building the Patthirippuwa. Originally it was used by the kings for recreational activities and later it was offered to the tooth relic. Now it is an oriental library. Although it was heavily damaged in the 1998 terrorist attack it has restored to its previous state.
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Recommended review time for sightseeing: 1 h
It is not only the building but the atmosphere created by all the local worshipers. An aspect which particularly struck us was a group of mothers with obviously very young babies. Our guide explained that this would be the babies first excursion out of their houses.
You can go different times of the day and experience the temple in different ways. In the heart of the temple is a relic, a tooth from the buddha. Once a day they open the small shrine and you can stand in line to see, not the tooth, but the gold case that contains the buddha. The queue is long, the noise is unbelievable, and the vibrations of anticipation fill the temple. Fantastic experience. You can also wander around the temple and see lots of statues and art work, check out the ceiling.Could be good with a guide for the basic story but be prepared to haggle for your price first. If you visit the temple at other times its much quieter but its also just to walk in the garden and see all the poeple meditating or in prayer. Most people go to Kandy to visit the temple and its historically ver important for all buddhists. If you are not a buddhist it is still a great trip.
this is the Kandy most must see place.realy recommendation this place.here is a museum in the temple complex and few hindhu temples nearby.The temple closes by 8 pm.
Liked the Serenity of the place & the history,please make sure you dont wear shorts, you will need to wear a Sarong.
Firstly, this is a spectacular temple and worth visiting if only to wonder around and take it all in. I must say my rating is heavily influenced by the fact that we visited during the evening Puja which is a good experience with the drumming and feeding of the Buddah rituals taking place, however, it got to a point where the crowds were unbearable, especially in the upper room where they open the shrine for you to get the sneakiest of peaks at the casket which houses the tooth (you will struggle to see anything through the throngs of people). I think if we had visited the temple out side of ceremony hours and also wondered around the grounds my rating would be higher. Overall, the temple is magnificent and worth a visit. We especially enjoyed the room which tells the story of Buddah. However, I would not recommend visiting during Puja, there is really no added benefit. It would be much more relaxing, and allow you to take in more of the temple to visit outside these ceremonies and do things at your own pace.
A very interesting place with a great culture and a rich history.We liked it.The arhitecture is amazing.You should visit it if you are there.There are some lotus flowers on the entrance and it says if you buy one and put it inside temple your wish came true,who knows:)?Anyway a beautiful place.
A wonderful monument and a beautiful place to visit and linger and one of those must see and do would highly recommend it is an education of a different culture y
While I would not want to comment too much about the tooth relic, I do appreciate the architecture of the temple (which was built in recent times (10-15 years?) with the museum in mind first and not as a temple first.
Do check out the surrounding places, especially the hawker centre .... the new one by the street or the older one on the 2nd/3rd floor of the building behind. As a local, I’ll go for the latter anytime.
Its very hard to see the actual relic but wow this temple is amazing all the gold and buddhas take your time through this place to enjoy take it all in.
Didn't have any expectations, place is nice but not very impressive. Better go to Anuradhapura if you want to experience Buddism and temples.
We went in the evening and enjoyed the place very much. Very beautiful and inspiring. There was a queue to see the relic itself so we decided not to wait.
This beautiful and historical yet very important Buddhist temple was our highlight it kandy city. Visited by many locals for rituals on a daily basis it is Truely amazing. The carvings and general architecture is a must see. Watch out for your clothing as u need to be reasonably dressed.
This visir was about halfway through our trip. We had a driver/guide who was a devout buddhist although not pushy with his beliefs. He was delighted when we took a keen interest in buddhism and explained exceptionally well what was going on. He guided us through the entire experience. We went early evening. It is advised to be covered to below the knees, and buddhists wear all white.As other reviewers have said, it is very croded and you only see the box, but it is a moving experience to see something held in such esteem
I like the structure and the shrine room-And it is a world heritage site and the centre of the Theravada Buddhism-The second big city of Srilanka and the last kingdom of Ceylon-With some devotees @ the Tooth relic temple-Wow-
living in Kandy for the last six months I have lost count of the number of times I have been there, suffice to say some of the staff now greet me as they recognise me.
I have been there with friends from all over the world and many Sri Lankan friends as well.
Every time I go I see something new, yes its all been there for many hundreds of years but there is just so much to appriciate. You just have to go and look and actually see just how much there is there.
For Sri Lankan Buddhists it is a place they have to go to show respect for their religion, how many actually realise how much of their heritage is there? I am sure tourists see so much more.
Please go and spend a few hours there.
If you like gold then this place is a must-see for you. The area where the Buddha tooth relic is placed is surrounded by real gold. It is quite a sight to see so much gold in one place, even the floor tiles are gold. Too bad pictures aren't allowed in the relic area. Other than that, photos are allowed in the other areas of the temple.
Historic and active the most beautiful Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. When hiring a guide try to find one who you understand and
take your time!
As in Thailand this country is also full of Buddhist monuments,but the temple of the tooth was something specials for us too as we also Buddhist.Other temple are mostly like ruins but this temple is still growing its spiritual powers.
It is, of course, a must visit when in Kandy, but, as with all places of high worship I have mixed feelings. This is definitely first and foremost a Temple, one of the most important Buddhist objects, therefore as a tourist, I feel somewhat under the foot of the worshipers and always have a feeling that such objects are to be left mainly for religious people. Though it is fascinating, to observe the ceremonies, to see people queuing for pujas, to watch paintings, donated sculptures, architecture details.
Our guide advised us to go in the morning to see the offerings rather than in the evening, which tends to be busier and more tourists. We reached there around 9am and had time to look around before going upstairs to see the offerings. They also have a small museum upstairs, which is interesting to visit.
The is very vast.Well maintained with cleanliness all around.Everything in the temple is well organized.and the place itself is beautiful and has a calming effect on the mind.
The second holiest temple in Sri Lanka. A wonderfully gorgeous temple once inside. Try to go on off times to thoroughly take in what this temple has to offer.
We visited when there was a ceremony and it was wonderful. Lots of worshipers with their new babies visiting the temple for the first time. You did have to queue to see the tooth casket but there was so much going on it didn't feel too long. Not to be missed.
It's an active temple. People studying while we were there to visit. Have covers that you can use to cover up if you're not wearing suitable attire. Knee length shorts are acceptable. Lots of gold and beautiful decoration. Definitely worth a visit
WOW..i am amazed I missed it for so long..what a temple..amazingly well kept. super artifacts..awesome way to exhibit..great. great ..don't go with small children ;-)..they wont let you enjoy this marvel that much.
The temple itself was well maintained, unlike those on mainland China, and on the ground floor I liked the painting of the 10 hells of Budism. On the 4th floor, you can visit the tooth, which is contained in a gold panelled room not accessible to the public. Either side of the bullet-proof glass is a small TV, which displays an old yellow and brown tooth. Not particularly impressive site.
Not to be missed a rare treat and view into a spiritual world many would never see. A trip to Singapore would not be complete without a visit to this temple.
beautiful and sacred place, free access, you can visit on your own. on the top floor there is a large prayer wheel. is a place of prayer and meditation for Buddhists.
This is a great temple to visit. There are a number of temples to visit in Singapore but if you have to visit one, this is the one to visit.
Worth visiting as a part of a sightseeing tour to Singapore as it represents one of its most remarkable temples.
From the review score, it seemed like this was one of the major must-see attractions in Singapore. Well, if you've never seen a Buddhist temple before, sure, it's cool, but otherwise, it's not very big and not as impressive as others I've seen. It's free and easy to access though, and won't take much time to visit, so I guess it's still on the to-do list.