The Temple of the Tooth Sri Lanka popularly known as the “Sri Dalada Maligawa” is one of the most picturesque and iconic Buddhist temples in the country and is a prominent itinerary item in the list of Kandy things to do. Built in the year 1595 during the reign of King Vimaladarmasuriya I, the temple houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha and therefore is venerated by devotees of the Buddhist faith from all corners of the world.
Attracting crowds of white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus flowers for means of worship, the Maligawa features a myriad of intricate carvings that speak volumes of the architectural values of Kandy. Named “Mahawahalkada”, the main entrance gates run over the moat and visitors will be awed by the “Sandakada Pahana” or the elaborate moonstone found at the foot of these gates.
However, it is the chamber referred to as “Handun Kunama” that one must venture to for it is where the sacred relic of the Buddha lies. Engraved in gemstones, seven golden caskets protect the relic and one would also find the procession casket in this chamber used for transporting the relic during the colourful Esala Perahera.
The golden canopy constructed over the main shrine of the temple can be viewed from far off while the old royal court of King Vimaladarmasuriya I remains an imposing testament to the imperial rule of the ancient city. The temple is found a mere 3 km from the hotel and allows guests the privilege of setting off on a scenic tour of the premises.