Tags : Buddhist Temple
Timings : Open throughout the week from 05:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Morning Puja : 5.30 AM -6.45 AM, 9.30 AM-11:00 AM
Evening Puja: 6.30 PM -8:00 PM
Entry Fee : SAARC: LKR 1000
Others: LKR 1500
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The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the world. It houses the tooth of Buddha nestled in a golden chamber and is within the premises of the royal palace complex.
The ambiance inside is exceptionally cozy and welcoming; it enthralls with the smells of fresh flowers and coconut oil-lit candles and lamps. Within the temple, the daily pujas are carried out on the ground floor consisting of the Pallemaluwa. On Wednesdays, the bathing of the relic with a herbal preparation (scented water and fragrant flowers) takes place. It is called the Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is of substantial spiritual reverence and is distributed among the devotees.
Ardent believers flock in large numbers wearing robes with offerings of flowers and lamps. The temple grounds spread out over many hectares and have all tourist spots under one head. Museum, Royal gardens, royal palace, Ambience hall, Mahamaluwa, meditation grounds, moonstone, and the Kandy lake overlooking an array of florals – these and many more sights are the reasons for its ingenuity and grandeur! Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is said that whichever state holds the tooth relic maintains an essential place in the country's governance.
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