A visit to the Temple of the Tooth – Kandy
General Description: 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. 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 Sri Lankan 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 evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers, called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
Experience Description: The visit typically lasts 1 hour. First you walk towards the temple through the gardens. Your guide will buy you the entrance tickets. We recommend buying a lotus flower right at the entrance – 100 LKR per set. Buy it yourself for the experience, why not? Your guide will walk you through the various chambers explaining the history and significance of the temple.
Includes: Entrance Fees
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Meeting Time On Location: No specific time.
What to wear or bring along: Wearing a white shirt is a good idea, it shows respect, but it is not mandatory. You will need to cover your knees and shoulders – and access the inner chambers barefoot or with socks. You will find socks in the basket inside the vehicle and a sarong in case you need one.
Private or not? The visit is private with your guide / chauffer guide / site guide.
In the know / Managing Expectations: The Pooja times are 6.30 AM, 9.30 AM and 6.30 PM. There are two sides to this – some prefer to see the Temple during a Pooja, a small ceremony of reverence involving drummers and dancers – there are more people during this time. Others prefer to see the temple outside of Pooja times to avoid the crowds.