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Buddha Tooth Relic In Sri Lanka


Inside Temple Of The Tooth Temple


The sacred tooth of Buddha Relic; History and Function

  • During the 9th year of the reign of King Kitsirimevan, around 309 CE, the tooth relic of the Buddha was transported to Sri Lanka and was accepted with great reverence. The king directed to take the relic to Abhayagiri Temple and to arrange the same festival in honour of it every year. This shows the beginning of the Buddhist religious tradition for the Tooth Relic.
  • The Chinese monk, Fa-hein who stayed in Sri Lanka during 5th century CE explained the parade of the Tooth Relic. He described that a man who can speak clearly was boarded on a majestically attired big elephant and sent to make an announcement of the parade linked to the event of the ‘Tooth of the Buddha’ that is to be held after ten days’ time.
  • As documented in records, the Tooth Relic became the sacred object that was believed to have the power to preserve state of Sinhalese kings and was protected and highly revered by succeeding Sinhalese kings who organised different events. Vajira (2008) presented a record of these offerings, events and other work to the tooth relic. For example, the festivals organised by kings Vijayabahu IV, Parakramabahu II, Parakramabahu I, Vijayabahu I and Sena II are pointed out in the chronicles.
  • Since the early periods, elephants were linked with the architecture and art of the temple of the Tooth Relic. For example, the a bit unbelievable story pertaining to King Mittasena tells that there was a stature of an elephant made from stucco at the Temple of the Tooth Relic.



Inside Temple Of The Tooth Temple



Door inside Temple of The Tooth With Kala and Makaras