Sri Dalada Maligawa
The Sri Dalada Maligavia is one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in
Sri Lanka as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Rulers of
Sri Lanka were guardians of the Tooth Relic and whoever had the custody
of the Sacred Relic was acclaimed the ruler. The last capital of the kingdom
of Sri Lanka was Kandy. King Vimaladharmasuriya built the Dalada Maligawa
in 1603 CE.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy.
The annual Esala Perahera, a colourful procession/festival is held in
July / August when after an exposition, the casket containing the Sacred
Relic is taken round the city of Kandy on ten nights with a grand finale
on the eleventh day when the day Perahera is held.