The temple of Sacred tooth lies in the royal palace complex in candy. This relic of the tooth of the Lord Buddha has significant importance in Sri Lankan History, Politics, and Religion. People traditionally believe that the entity holding this relic had the right to rule the island. It might be the reason that many kings of Sri Lanka kept the Relic of tooth close to their palace. Entered first from Kalinga of India by Princess Hemamali and her husband Prince Dantha in 3011 AD, the relic of the tooth has been in different parts of Sri Lanka in different Kingdom. Now the tooth is at Sri Dalada Maligawa, and Kandy is UNESCO World Heritage Site majorly because of it.
The Temple we see today at Kandy in a prior pilgrimage before any other places in Sri Lanka. We can also say that this temple is the base of the start of Buddhism on the whole island. There are many components in the temple of the sacred tooth that you shouldn’t miss. The Moonstone, Makara Torana(guardian stones) and the stone carvings are among few you should take a glance. Similarly, the inner decoration and overall architecture of this place are also admirable. Also, the roof painting of the temple is impressive and historically significant. Esala Perahera is one of the greatest festivals of Sri Lanka, and pilgrims from all over the world visit the temple that day. One can visit the temple and the whole palace reflecting the art and culture of Sri Lanka.