Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

 

From Queen’s Hotel, went to the Temple along the Kandy Lake.

Queen's Hotel and Kandy Lake.

Queen’s Hotel and Kandy Lake.

Landscape the opposite shore of Kandy Lake

Landscape the opposite shore of Kandy Lake

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.

The entrance of the Temple of the Tooth.

The entrance of the Temple of the Tooth.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

Ground Plan of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

Ground Plan of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

01 New Entrance 02 Shoe Counter 03 Foreign Ticket Counter & Self Guide Service 04 Main Maligawa (Main Temple) Entrance 05 Drum Beating Corridor 06 Octagon 07 Lower Floor Shrine Room 08 Shrine Room 09 Administration Office 10 New Shrine Room & Museum 11 Tusker “Raja” Museum 12 Audience Hall 13 The Museum of World Buddhism 14 Police Station – Maligawa 15 National Museum 16 “Raja Wasala” Museum 17 Media & Special Projects Bureau 18 Office of Local & Foreign Buddhist Affairs 19 Pilgrim Rest 20 “Wel Bodiya” 21 Temple of God “Natha” 22 Temple of God “Visnu” (Viṣṇu) 23 Temple of Goddess “Pathini” (Pattini) 24 “Ulpenge” Bathing Place King & Family

The front garden, Temple of the Tooth.

The front garden, Temple of the Tooth.

Statues of Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero (1827 – 1911) and Sri Dalada Maligawa Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamala on the garden.

Statues of Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero (1827 – 1911) and Sri Dalada Maligawa Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamala on the garden.

Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who was one of the pioneers of Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist movement in the 19th century. He did a great service to improve the Buddhist Education in the country and was the founder of Vidyodaya Pirivena (for the education of Buddhist monks) Maligakanda.

Sri Dalada Maligawa; The Temple of Tooth at kandy is the final location of the sacred tooth of the lord Buddha which was brought to srilanka during the reign of king “keerthi sri Megawarna” by prince “Dantha” and Princess “Hemamala” from the kindom of kalingu India.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. (06 Octagon)

The entrance of the Temple of Tooth; Take off the shoes and enter the temple.

The entrance of the Temple of Tooth; Take off the shoes and enter the temple. (04 Main Maligawa Entrance)

Unique guard stones of the entrance.

Unique guard stones of the entrance.

Cloister in the Temple of the Tooth Relic

Cloister in the Temple of the Tooth Relic

Reliefs of the wall

Reliefs of the wall

Through the corridor to the altar.

05 Drum Beating Corridor; Through the corridor to the altar.

Mural paintings of the corridor.

Mural paintings of the corridor.

08 Shrine Room, Main Altar and Reliquaries; Buddha's tooth are stored in the cases.

08 Shrine Room, Main Altar and Reliquaries; Buddha’s tooth are stored in the cases.

Buddha’s tooth is kept behind the curtain inside this shrine. It is not exposed to the public, as it is eternally displayed inside 7 golden caskets ( in each one getting smaller and smaller ), with the shape of a stupa. It is taken out once a year and carried around the city on the back of an elephant.

07 Lower Floor Shrine Room

07 Lower Floor Shrine Room

Through the hallway to the new shrine, there are many great Buddhist ritual implements and crafts.

Through the hallway to the room where the tooth relic placed. There are many great Buddhist ritual implements and crafts.

Arrived at the room with the Tooth Relic.

Arrived at the room with the Tooth Relic.

Apparently the holy relic is in the room of the front door.

Apparently the holy relic is in the cubicle of the front door.

Many believers are coming.

Many believers are coming.

When it is a certain period of time, a lot of believers gather and pray.

The local believers.

The local believers.

Moved to other rooms. There is a Hindu temple, too.

Moved to other rooms. There is a Hindu temple, too.

Going to the New Shrine

Going to the New Shrine

The kindly Buddha image on the cloister.

The kindly Buddha image on the cloister.

10 New Shrine Room & Museum

10 New Shrine Room & Museum

From the New Shrine to the Audience Hall.

From the New Shrine to the Audience Hall.

12 Audience Hall

12 Audience Hall

The Audience Hall was the place where the king had carried out his administration work with ministers on governing matters. It This was first built in 1784 A.D.

From the Audience Hall, Sacred light offering to the Buddha.

From the Audience Hall, Sacred light offering to the Buddha.

Garden of the temple of the Tooth; Belfry, Royal Residence on the moat, Stupa and Breeding Elephant.

Garden of the temple of the Tooth; Belfry, Royal Residence on the moat, Stupa and Breeding Elephant.

Exit the Temple of the Tooth, and walking along the Knady Lake. Shops of floral tribute and souvenirs.

Exit the Temple of the Tooth, and walking along the Knady Lake. Shops of floral tribute and souvenirs.

Walking along the lakeside, an old building appears, it’s the Queens Bath.

24 “Ulpenge” Bathing Place King & Family

24 “Ulpenge” Bathing Place King & Family

This is situated in the Kandy Lake near to present Temple of the Tooth relic complex.

The Queens Bath and its interior. This was used by the queen and the royal ladies during the king’s time.

The Queens Bath and its interior. This was used by the queen and the royal ladies during the king’s time.

There is a small artificial island close to the Queens Bath. It’s called as “diyathilaka mandapaya,” an ancient king’s playground.

Diyathilaka mandapaya, middle of Kandy Lake

Diyathilaka mandapaya, middle of Kandy Lake

There is a house, they call as “Kandyan Art Association.” You can enjoy Kandyan dance here.

Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre is situated near the Queens Bath.

Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre is situated near the Queens Bath.

Kandy Dance; Kandyan dance has been danced in the court by the time of the Kandy Dynasty. And it was incorporated with dancing of each place in the region. Exorcism and fire dance are incorporated in the Kandyan dance.

Stage and auditorium of the Kandyan Art Association Theatre.

Stage and auditorium of the Kandyan Art Association Theatre.

Kandyan dance opened.

Kandyan dance opened.

Runing around and jumping up and down on a stage too much.

Runing around and jumping up and down on a stage too much.

They were changing very fast, so It is difficult to take a picture. Most photographs are out of focus. Soon, the noisy show was over. “Well, let’s return to the hotel!”

Souvenirs from Kandy.

Souvenirs from Kandy.

Flowers and blossoms from Kandy; In this region, blossoms bloom directly on the trunk.

Flowers and blossoms from Kandy; In this region, blossoms bloom directly on the trunk.

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