Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) is the most venerated and holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka situated in Sri Lanka’s last kingdom, Kandy. The world famous Sri Lankan religious icon which is named as a UNESCO world heritage site is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kandyan Kingdom that houses the most precious relic of the tooth of Buddha. This relic has played an all important role in Sri Lankan politics due to the belief that whoever holds the relic secures the governance of the country.
Daily worship in the inner chamber of the holy temple is carried out by the monks of the two main priestly chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya. Devotions and rituals are performed three times a day and every Wednesday a symbolic bathing of the Relic with a herbal preparation made out of scented water and fragrant flowers (Nanumura Mangallaya) is carried out. Visit the sacred city of Kandy and its iconic temple of the Tooth and enjoy your vacation at Cinnamon Citadel Kandy, a popular luxury hotel Kandy Sri Lanka has to offer for those seeking accommodation that comes with ultra comfort.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.