ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC IN KANDY
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is without doubt one of the greatest issues to see in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Known as Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sinhalese, this unimaginable temple is true within the coronary heart of the town of Kandy. This former capital of Sri Lanka is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Web site.
The Temple of the Sacred Buddha’s Tooth is a should go to in Kandy. Why such a reputation? Just because this temple homes a relic of a tooth of Buddha. Spectacular proper?
This relic makes this temple one of the crucial sacred locations for Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Each Buddhists in Sri Lanka attempt to make a pilgrimage there not less than as soon as of their life.
On this put up de detailed all it’s essential know on your go to of this intriguing temple within the middle of Kandy.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC
In line with the legend, Buddha’s tooth was present in his ashes after his cremation and saved in Kalinga in India.
In 313 AD, Princess Hemamali and her husband stole the tooth relic of Buddha and hid it within the princess’s hair and smuggled Buddha’s tooth to Sri Lanka.They then handed it over to the King Kirthi Sri Meghavarna. The King preciously locked Buddha’s tooth in Anuradhapura.
Over the centuries, the Buddha’s tooth usually modified location. When Kandy was declared the capital of Sri Lanka, the tooth was transferred there. However through the invasion of the Portuguese the tooth was once more moved with a view to be hidden and preserved.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was constructed through the reign of the Kandyan kings, every including his half to the constructing between 1687 and 1707.
Throughout the colonial wars in opposition to the Portuguese and the Dutch, the unique temple was badly broken however in a short time rebuilt.
Lastly through the civil struggle, the Tamils drove a truck with a bomb contained in the temple which made enormous harm. The truck contained greater than 300 kilos of explosives, the assault induced 16 deaths and greater than 25 accidents.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was then absolutely restored to the present stage as of immediately.
Since that occasion, the temple is now extremely secured with enormous fences throughout the world.
WHY IS THE TEMPLE CALLED “SACRED TOOTH RELIC”
Fairly just because it comprises a relic of the tooth of Buddha. The tooth is preciously locked up in 6 bins, themselves locked in a room and thoroughly guarded by the monks and quite a few guards.
It’s completely not possible to see it, however the pleasure of being close to the tooth continues to be current!
The field that comprises Buddha’s tooth would solely open each 5 years.
As you should have understood, this Temple has a specific significance amongst Buddhism. For them, it’s important to go not less than as soon as of their life to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT OF THE TEMPLE
To go to the temple depend at lest 1 to 2 hours. There are numerous completely different components of the temple to be visited in addition to the out of doors areas.
It’s potential to go to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth however sadly it’s not potential to see the relic… The field is barely opened as soon as each 5 years and solely leaves the temple a number of occasions a yr! The temple is situated within the coronary heart of the Previous Royal Palace of Kandy.
When you go to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, it is usually price going there on the time of one of many each day prayer and providing ceremonies (known as puja/pooja or thevava), which happen 3 occasions each day (at 5:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.).
The doorways of the room housing the relic (situated on the primary flooring) are open in order that the devoted can see it (see the relic, however not the tooth itself which stays sheltered in six thick bins). Throughout the ceremonies monks accumulate the choices carried by the spectacular crowd that marches via the Temple.
Many vacationers select to additionally purchase choices to take part. There are numerous retailers promoting the choices, as flower preparations exterior the temple.
It’s also extremely beneficial to take a information with you through the go to of the temple. You’ll perceive the historical past of the Temple a lot better, and the significance of the Tooth for buddhists. You possibly can ebook the guided tour right here.
Admission: 1500 Rs
Location: right here
Opening hours: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Web site: right here
NOTE: to enter the temple, foreigners should present their passport (or not less than a photograph of their passport)!
HOW TO GET TO THE TEMPLE?
Because the temple is centrally situated by the principle lake in Kandy, it’s simply accessible on foot. As we stayed in The Radh Lodge, which we extremely advocate by the way in which (test it out right here), we simply walked a couple of minutes to get to the principle entrance of the temple.
In case you are staying a bit additional, merely ask a Tuk-Tuk to get you there.
You can even be a part of a non-public metropolis guided tour, which we extremely advocate particularly to go to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic! You possibly can ebook it right here.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE INSIDE THE TEMPLE?
Past the principle temple, there are different buildings belonging to the previous royal advanced. There may be particularly the previous carved wood viewers corridor, or a small room for Raja probably the most well-known elephant in Sri Lanka! Raja is so well-known that it was declared a nationwide treasure and that someday of mourning was noticed within the nation at his loss of life! He carried the holy relic of the tooth of the Buddha across the metropolis through the Esala Perahera for greater than 50 years…
Go to the World Buddhist Museum
After you end together with your go to of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, head to the World Museum of Buddhism. The Museum is situated proper behind the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple.
This fairly massive museum exhibits images depicting Buddhist worship all over the world, together with replicas of well-known statues.
There are a number of sections and galleries devoted to numerous nations related to Buddhism. General, the museum is an efficient place to spend a while and to get to find out about historical past of Buddhism
Location: right here
Admission payment: Free (so long as you pay the doorway for the Temple of the Tooth Relic)
JOIN A TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE
After ending our go to of the temple, we have been requested by locals if we needed to affix a standard dance efficiency. We had no thought about is, however determined to observe them.
The place is definitely just some minutes stroll from the Temple of the Tooth Relic in a big efficiency corridor. We paid a really small entrance payment and loved the 1 hour present.
This was completely surprising, and we completely beloved it!
The present was full of drum beats, dance, fireplace respiration efficiency and lastly strolling on the burning coal. This made us actually maintain our breath. Undoubtedly test it out when in Kandy!
We’re not fairly certain in regards to the schedule of the present. The perfect can be to ask your lodge or on the entrance of the temple, as they might have extra info. We solely know the placement of the theatre: right here
You can even be a part of a full guided tour in a non-public automotive which incorporates the go to of the temple, the Royal Botanical Backyard (extra on that later on this put up) and the Cult
WHERE TO STAY IN KANDY?
The Radh Lodge – $$$$
Positioned within the middle of Kandy, this lodge is the right place to begin your exploration of the town. Many sights such because the Temple of the Tooth Relic, or Kandy Market are accessible on foot! The rooms are fashionable and clear. The breakfast can also be scrumptious with a terrific number of meals. Take a look at the supply right here.
The Grand Kandyan – $$$$$
The Grand Kandyan, is a 5-star lodge, tucked away in Kandy just some minutes drive to the Temple of Tooth Relic. The motels has a ravishing swimming pool, a health middle and a spa. If you wish to get pampered whereas visiting Kandy, then that is one of the best lodge within the space. E-book now.
Radisson Lodge Kandy – $$$
Radisson Lodge Kandy is fashionable lodge that includes a rooftop pool, bar and lounge and health centre.
All rooms are designed to supply versatile, fashionable but homely residing areas. You can even dine on the Radisson Lodge Kandy’s signature all-day eating restaurant serving buffet breakfast. A tasty vary of Asian and Worldwide delicacies ready utilizing solely recent and hand-picked produce is on the market for lunch and dinner. Bommu Rooftop Bar presents a panoramic view of the city of Kandy together with cocktails and finger meals.
HOW TO GET TO KANDY?
Listed below are the distances and practice/bus routes for some cities you would possibly need to go to earlier than or after your journey to Kandy:
Distance Colombo – Kandy: 120 km. It’s straightforward to take the Colombo Kandy practice (or vice versa). There are a number of a day and it takes about 2h30 (typically extra relying on the trains).
Distance Dambulla – Kandy: 85km. The Dambulla – Kandy buses are very common, roughly each 20/half-hour through the day. It takes about 2h / 2h30 of journey
Distance Kandy – Ella: 75km. The practice journey from Kandy to Ella is without doubt one of the most lovely in Sri Lanka, and arguably on this planet! It lasts 6hours however there’s a lot to see that point flies.
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