Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

According to legend, Hemamala hid the relic in her hair ornament and the royal couple disguised themselves as Brahmins in order to avoid discovery. They set sail from Tamralipti, a port at the mouth of the river Ganges, and landed in Sri Lanka at the port of Lankapattana (now Ilankeiturei).

It is said that Sri Lanka was chosen as the new home for the tooth relic because the Lord Buddha had declared that his religion would be safe in Sri Lanka for 5000 years.

Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.
Temple of the Tooth is situated in Kandy.

Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Temple is an important shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to deity with six faces and twelve hands, who is known as Skanda-Murukan or Subrahmanya among Hindus.
Sinhalese Buddhists believe that Kataragama Deviyo is a guardian deity of Buddhist who helps his followers who are in need.
Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple / The Golden Temple of Dambulla / The Royal Rock Temple, is considered as one of the ancient Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buddhist cave temple is established in the 3rd century B.C. and occupied continuously to this day.
It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.
Sinhalese people call it as ‘Dambulu Gala’ (Dambulla Rock) and the temple is called as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).
From the temple there is a nice view and lots af cheeky monkeys.

Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.
Please note there is an entrance fee when visiting Dambulla Cave Temple.

Kataragama

Kataragama

Sheltered in the foothills, 15 km northeast of Tissa, is Kataragama.

A compelling mix of pomp and procession, piety and religious extravagance, this most holy of towns is a shot of oriental thrills at the end of an island-wide pilgrimage.
Along with Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), this is the most important religious pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka and is a holy place for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike.

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