History of Temple of Sacred Tooth
The origin of Temple of Sacred Tooth goes back to the time when Lord Buddha was alive. Before attaining Final Nirvana, Lord Buddha suggested his disciples who truly understand the Dharma that they needn’t need to keep the relic of his ashes and worshipped them. According to some legends, a Buddhist monk named Khema became successful to take the left upper canine tooth during Lord Buddha funeral. It is believed that the same tooth was enshrined in the inner chamber of Sacred Tooth temple.
Lord Buddha tooth was an object of great importance and reverence and was decorated with a nested jewelry. No actual date can be found when the tooth was enshrined in Sri Dalada Maligawa. It was believed that the sacred tooth was moved and separate temple was built to honor such great relics. The temple was built when the Capital was moved to Kandy and the construction of the temple started during late 17th Century.