Temple of the Tooth

The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy houses the ‘Sacred Tooth Relic’, an object of veneration to Buddhists. From ancient times kings have kept the Sacred Tooth Relic as a symbol of power. The Tooth Relic was first brought to the island by Prince Dhantha and Princess Hemamali during the reign of King Kirti Sri Meghavanna (301 – 328 AD). It is believed that whoever has possession of the Tooth Relic has the power to rule.

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