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The Templte of the Tooth

The temple of the Tooth of the Buddha - Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is a unique place of Buddhist pilgrimage from all over the world, specially built to hold a great shrine. Approximately in 540 BC, the deceased Buddha was cremated and four teeth were extracted from the fire, which were carried around the world. The tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371. This tooth has long been attributed to a magical power: owning it, and possessed all the fullness of power. Therefore, the tooth of the Buddha became the possession of the royal dynasty. The original place of storage was the city of Anuradhapura, then the tooth was moved to the city of Polonnaruwa, and already in the beginning of the 18th century it was transferred to Kandy. Over time, another external temple was built around the temple.Then, especially for the preservation of this shrine, the temple of Dalad Maligawa was built. The tooth is hidden in seven caskets, nested one in the other. Now the Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha is open from dawn to dusk. The temple is located on a large, fenced territory. This is the former residence of one of the kings. When the king received the tooth of the Buddha, he built a temple for him. The temple in the temple turned out. In the outer temple there are several halls, including a hall with a library, a hall with an ancient Buddha statue and a Buddha made of quartz. Here you can see the frescoes that illustrate how the tooth of the Buddha came to Ceylon, from the birth of the Buddha, his parinirvana, then how the tooth was stored in India, and how he landed on the island in the princess's hair. In 1988 the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.