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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. The temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world.
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The ambiance of the temple was lovely. We enjoyed seeing the families and worshippers arriving with their offerings and the ceremonial part downstairs. Our guide then took us to the area where the relic is brought out. The viewing area for worshippers and visitors is quite small and as it got closer to the relic being exhibited it got to be a dangerous squash such that my husband pulled me out for fear of being suffocated.
The majority of those were tourists and not worshippers. It seems so completely wrong that those who have come as pilgrims, for what may be a "once in a lifetime" trip, are elbowed out by arrogant, uncaring tourists, who will push everyone out of the way to get their snap and showing the minimum of respect..

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

The temple by itself is very historic and of great religious significance to Buddhists. The buildings are well maintained and the surroundings are very scenic and calm. Very spiritual experience for a devout pilgrim.
But since they sell tickets to foreign visitors (at higher prices) , all of whom may not be devout pilgrims of Buddhism, some basic measures need to be in place for ensuring a better experience for tourists . The following problems are noticeable :
a) There is no protection from rain in front of the ticket counter and in the adjacent footwear deposit counter. And from there upto temple entrance. So if it is raining , along with your footwear you will get thoroughly drenched.
Since it rains most of the year, and there is an entrance fees being charged, I do not understand why they cannot put up a basic canvas roofing covering the areas leading from the road to the ticket counter , the footwear counter and then upto the temple entrance - so at least the visitor does not get soaking wet before even starting the temple visit.
b) Inside the temple you can see is the casket (which contains the tooth relic). The actual tooth is taken out only once a year.
c) There are no signboards to tell the visitor clearly what times the casket is visible for viewing and hence different guides tell you different timings. Also, in the evenings it gets crowded and there is no proper queue management to handle the large crowds. So it can be frustrating.
c) it is advisable to hire a guide - otherwise most of the history and significance of the various parts of the complex will not be understood.
d) Vehicles have to park some distance away from the temple complex. So be prepared to have a fairly long walk in the rain back to your vehicle.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Our driver took us around this temple and it was stunning! The imagery and decoration within the temple takes your breath away! It is lovely to be able to walk around and appreciate such a beautiful place of workship.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

and I think, they really do make a lot of fuss about nothing too much in the end. However, it´s a very big temple area altogether and very interesting to see, that there are different temples from different religions very close to each other. Make sure to take a guided tour, even if it costs a little extra, but it´s definitely worth it, as they can give you a whole lot of informations and you even receive a complimentary Mini-DVD which includes a virtual tour of the Tooth-temple.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

The temple is very sacred to the Sri Lanka people and very welcoming to tourist; a must see in Kandy.

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