TOOTH RELICT TEMPLE

After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, the tooth relic was preserved in Kalinga and smuggled to the island by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha on the instructions of her father King Guhasiva. They lands in the island in Lankapattana during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Meghavarna (301-328) an handed over the tooth relic. The King enshrined it Meghagiri Vihara (present day Isurumuniya) in Anuradhapura. Safeguard of the relic was a responsibility of the the monarch, therefore over the years the custodianship of relic became to symbolize the right to rule. Therefore reigning monarchs built the toth relic temples quite close to their royal residences, as was the case during the times of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala kingdoms. During the era of Kingdom of Gampola the relic was housed in Niyamgampaya Vihara. It is reported in the messenger poems such as Hamsa, Gira, and Selalihini that the temple of tooth relic was situated within the city of Kotte when the kingdom was established there.

Two Days Trip: Pinnawala, Kandy Botanicale Garden, Kandy Tooth Temple, Dambulla Golden Temple, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya – 180 US$

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