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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – Kandy

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The temple, which displays a lot of significance to Buddhists worldwide, additionally has tremendous cultural value. The structure is of a novel Kandyan architectural technique with a mixture of the original style applied to build “Dalada Mandira”, the shrines which housed the Sacred Tooth Relic earlier in different kingdoms.
The temple is placed in the city of Kandy near the ancient Royal Palace, which is situated to the North of the temple and the forest park called “Udawaththa Kelaya” to the East. The famous Kandy Lake is likewise known as “Kiri Muhuda” to the South and “Natha & Paththini Devala” to the West. The temple is decorated with elaborate carvings using gold, silver, bronze and ivory.
Kandy is the last place of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Gautama Buddha. The Sacred relic was taken to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala & Prince Dantha from the city of Kalinga in ancient India, while the reign of King Keerthi Sri Meghavarna (Kithsirimevan 301 -328).

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