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Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
 
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New Entrance (Nawa Wahalkada)

Paththirippuwa

The Moat (Diya Agala)

Ambarawa (Tunnel)

Wada Sitina Maligawa

Hewisi Mandapaya

Dais of Chanting Pirith (Pirith Mandapaya)

Kings Palace

Workshop of Golden Weapon

New Entrance (Nawa Wahalkada)

Wahalkada or Wasalkada was a gateway or an etrance to a special area or premises. The temple of the sacred Tooth Relic had two Wahalkadas, namely "Nava Wahalkada" and "Maha wahalkada". The Nava (new) Wahalkada and (gateway) had been constructed in recent times. When entering through the contre of the city, the gateway just in the front of the Queen

Paththirippuwa

It was a well known fact that the paththirippuwa , which had been considered as the symbol of identity of the of the Kandyan Architecture was built in 1802 A.D on the instructions of kings Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe., who was the last king of Nayakkar Lineage (1798-1815 A.D). The name derived from the Tamil Language, meant as the place of this great co

The Moat (Diya Agala)

Between the Statues of elephant on either side of moonstone and the Mahawahalkada is narrow open strip. It is surrounded by a short perimeter wall. The moat here is a protective measure for Dalada Maligawa. Rising out of the foundation of Pattirippu, the octagon shaped building, the water runs around the structure. The moat, fed originally from nea

Ambarawa (Tunnel)

Ambarawa was equivalant to a tunnel. The length was 29 feet and 08 inches while the breath was 8 feet.The upper part was attractively decorated by lotuses and creepers. The figures of 8 males who had worn (thupppotttiya) a dress of the male nobles with their bare bodies were visible. The paintings seen were drawn in the recent past. One could e

Wada Sitina Maligawa

One could see the ancient Vada Sitina Maligawa or the real chamber where the sacred Tooth Relic had been kept with utmost honor, in front of the Hewisi Mandapaya. This Vada Sitina Maligawa had two storeys namely upper and lower storey. Just in front of the lower storey one could see a moon stone. The name sandagala too was used to it. One coul

Hewisi Mandapaya

When proceeding further through the ambarawa one could reach the Hewisi Mandapaya or the drummers platform or dais. When the great offering to the sacred tooth relic or the Thevava was done, one could the way of Hewisi Poojawa or the offering of Hewisi or the drums using the five kinds of musical instruments of the up country tradition. It had

Dais of Chanting Pirith (Pirith Mandapaya)

The Pirith Mandapaya or the enclosed quadrangular area encircled by bobbins was closely erected near the alter of flowers. It had a nicely painted ceiling. Special expositions of the secrete tooth relic was conducted by respectfully placing on a special dais inside the Prirth Mandapaya. The prirth mandapaya was used for special occasionas like the

Kings Palace

On the other side of the Mahawahalkada, towards the left, one finds a bit longer structure. It is the palace of Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, the last King of Sinhala. Looking simple at a glance, the palace possesses all the architectural details of Kandy period. Doors and Gates inside the palace are designed to make it easy for the King to arrive at Dal

Workshop of Golden Weapon

Once the Kingdom of Senkadagala properly established, the service of royal goldsmith were sought to manufacture Kings golden crown and golden weapons. The building constructed for this purpose on the left side of Magul Maduwa with all the kandyan architectural features, is the manufacturing plant of golden weapon. This structure was so important t

Temple of the Tooth
Temple of the Tooth
Kandy
 

Temple of the Tooth

Kandy (Ancient Senkadagala) is the last capital of the Sinhala Monarchy the History of which goes back to at least five centuries before the beginning of the Common Era. The city is surrounded by a ring of mountain ranges and Sri Lanka’s largest river Mahaweli Ganga.Kandy enjoys a salubrious climate and still breathes the ancient lifestyle of the people.The heritage of Kandy, Architecture, Sculpture, painting, Dance and Music, all such cultural traditions are endemic to Sri Lanka.Kandy remains the home for all denominations of major world religions.

Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and there subdivisions. Buddhism plays a significant role in Kandy with the two main Monastic orders, Malwatte and Asgiriya fraternities together with numerous temples of the Country attached to them. TheTemple of the Sacred Tooth Relic constitutes the premier Buddhist Institution of Sri Lanka and remains the cynosure of the world Buddhist and is a great tourist attraction. The annual pageant (Esala Perahera) constitutes the greatest religious festival of Sri Lanka which attract thousands of pilgrims as well as tourists from all over the world. The web site on the Sri Dalada maligawa attempts to introduce all its aspects of history, rituals, cultural and other social activities.


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