Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple located in kandy, Sri Lanka. It houses the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. The Temple of the Tooth was originally built by the Kandyan Kings between 1687 and 1707. Malwatte and Asgiriya chapter bhikkhus canduct daily worship. Rituals are performed daily at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. During puja (offerings or prayers), the room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagaba, which contains a series of six dagaba caskets of diminishing size. There is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation on wednesday. It made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. Kandy is the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. It is a world heritage site mainly due to the temple. When you enter to the temple, wear appropriately (that cover your legs and your shoulders) and remove your shoes.
Mahawahalakada is the main entrance gate which lies over the moat. You can see a fantastic sandakadapahana at he foot of mahawahalkada steps. It is carved in Kandyan architectural style. Elephants are depicted in stone on both side of the entrance. A makara thorana and two guardian stones are placed on top of the staircase.
Paththiruppuwa (The Octagon)
Paththiruppuwa had been considered as the symbol of identity of the of the kandyan architecture was built in 1802 A.D by the master craftsman and royal architect, Devendra Moolacharya on the instructions of kings Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe. It is octagonal in shape and the roof is an attractive creation with a steep gradient. The name, paththiruppuwa is derived from the Tamil language. “Parthu” means ‘to see’ and “Irippu” means ‘seated’. The combination of these two words is ‘to sit and see all around. The Pattirippuwa was used as a place where exhibit the sacred tooth relic to the people. Also king Rajasinghe used to view the religious festivals, peraheras and on important occasions address his subjects. It had been used as an oriental library during british period. Paththiruppuwa currently houses the temple’s library of ancient palm leaf buddhist manuscripts and books.
The Moat (Diya Agala)
The moat is a protective measure for Dalada Maligawa. It fed originally from nearby Kandy lake in the ancient times. The shape of floating clouds have built surrounding the outer wall of the moat. There had been a foldable bridge across the moat but it had been replaced by a bridge completed by rocks.
Magul Maduwa (Audience hall)
The magul maduwa or audience hall is the royal court house during the the period of the kandyan kingdom. It was completed during the reign of king Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. The pillars and the roof are completely made out of “Halmilla” wood. The pillars have decorated with various designs such as flowers, creepers. The floor is cemented and made of terracotta and stone. We can find some evidences that there had been doors in this court house separating different sections. But now we can only see is an open hall with pillars and a wooden roof. Originally the audience hall was 58 by 35.6 feet (17.7 m × 10.9 m).
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