Sri Lanka Destinations

Sri Dalada Maligawa
(The Temple of the Tooth)

One of the sacred temples found in Sri Lanka is the Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Temple of the Tooth). The temple is popular for holding the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Buddhist pilgrims come from all over the world to visit the temple. The temple holds the Esala Perahara (parade) in July and August. To pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, this historical procession is held every year. The temple also has the taxidermy or Raja atha (Elephant Raja) who carried the Karaduwa (the sacred casket that held the tooth relic). The elephant carried the sacred casket for around 50 years, and is popular for his noble behavior in the Esala Perahara (parade).

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