Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as The Temple of the Tooth at kandy is the final location of the sacred tooth of the lord Buddha which was brought to Sri Lanka during the era of king “keerthi sri Megawarna” by prince “Dantha” and Princess “Hemamala” from the kindom of Kalinga,India. It is located in the heart of Kandy town surrounded by the lake and the commercial district and it can be mentioned as one of the landmark sites in the city of Kandy.
When looking at the history of the Maligawa it was the royal palace inhabited by the king and his consorts, but after the expirationof the Kandyan Kingdom the Maligawa was transformed into a Buddhist temple that holds Buddha’s tooth.The beautiful magnificent temple was built by late king Vimaladharmasooriya 1st in 1592 AD.And the Pallemale Vihara constructed by king Kirti Sri Rajasimha and the Octagon (Pattirippuva) built by the last king, Sri Vikrama Rajasimha on one side and the small “stupa” supposed to contain the Bowl Relic of the Buddha on the other. The storied structures to the right and left of the shrine, constitute the residence quarters of the monks engaged during daily service (Tevava), the conference hall, the Library and the Office of the Diyawadana Nilame.And by Ven.Monks of the two chapters of Malwattu and Asgiriya conduct daily worships in the inner chamber of the temple.And also, Rituals are performing 3 times daily at dawn, at noon and in the evening. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the sacred relic with an herbal preparation from scented water and fragrant flowers called “Nanumura Mangalya”.This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and it is distributed among those present.
The recognition of the importance of sacred temple it has been declared kandy as a world heritage city by UNESCO.And can be mentioned as a must visit location for all tourists. Visitors can catch a glimpse of Buddhist rituals, explore the museum that includes several ancientartifacts and one of the Buddhist ceremonies held at the premises. And Aluth Maligawa, Audience Hall and the World Buddhism Museum are the places where tourists can visit at the Sacred Premises.