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Kandy View of Kandy Lake and Town

The Most Popular Town in Sri Lanka with Lord Buddha Relics

 

Kandy is the second capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is world famous for the Temple of the Tooth, which safe keeps the Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic venerated by the Buddhists all over the world.

There are also many sites with Kandyan Architecture prominently displayed, specially at the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) , Lankatilaka Temple and Embekke Temple, to name a very few.

The traditional Kandyan Architecture consist of Temple Structures, Murals done on walls and on stone in many temples, Carvings and reliefs done on Stone and decorated Wooden Carvings on timber columns and brackets.

 

 

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Temple of Tooth Entrance
British era Pond
Kandy Lake
City Street

Temple Guardians
Kandy Town
Temple of the Tooth Complex
Tamed Elephant
Kandy View
St.Paul's Church

Kandy ......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .......... .............

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around Dalada Maligawa ( Tooth Relic Temple of the Lord Buddha) Complex.

 

 

 

The Important places in and around Kandy
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Temple of the Tooth Relic or The Dalada Maligawa

 

Relics of the Lord Buddha is venerated by all Buddhists throughout the world and the relic at the Dalada Maligawa is the left Canine Tooth of the Lord Buddha which is one of the remains of the cremated body of the Lord Buddha after the Parinirvana. It is said to be removed by the Arahanth Kema, who is a pupil of the great Arahanth Sariputta and given to King Brahmadatta of Kalinga, India. For centuries it was venerated and homage was paid by the Buddhists of Kalinga. During the time of King Sirimeghavanna (301 - 328 AD ) of Anuradhapura, the Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka by Prince Dantha (son of the King of Udeni ) and Princess Hemamali ( daughter of King Guhasiva ). During a war waged to obtain the posession of the Relic tooth by the nephews of King Pandu against King Guhasiva, this was brought to Sri Lanka by Hemamali and Danta in the guise of Brahmins and the Tooth Relic was hidden and concealed in Princess Hemamali's hair.

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A mural depicting Hemamali and Dantha bringing the Tooth Relic to Sri Lanka

The Lord Buddha Tooth relic which is presently at the Dalada Maligawa was brought to Kandy during the rein of king Vimaladharmasuriy I and he made a two storied Palace to place the Tooth Relic. During the first few centuries , it had been placed at Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Beligala Rock, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, Kurunegala and Kotte kingdoms. Due to Portugese invasion it was taken away by Buddhist priests to a mountanous region of Kandy and once Kandy was under the rule of the king, it was brought back again. Later King Vimaladharmasuriy II ( 1687-1707 AD) had made a three storied Tooth Relic Palace. King Parakrama Narendrasinghe ( 1707-1739 AD ) has also build a two storied temple for the Tooth Relic. The Last King of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe made the Octagonal Building called “ Pattirippuwa” and the moat in front of the Palace.

 

 

The approach to the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the views of Front of the Temple, the Moat and the Octagon Building or the Pattirippuwa.

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Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa
Dalada Maligawa

 

 

Stone Steps and the Dragon Arch or the Makara Torana.......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .............. ............... ................. ................ .......... .............

 

Dalada Maligawa
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The Tunnel with Paintings, Ground Floor Area of Main Temple and Hewisi Mandapaya or the Drummer's Court ......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .............. ............... ................. ................ .......... .............

 

Dalada Maligawa
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Main Temple architecture and Tooth Relic Chamber ......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .............. ............... ................. ................ .......... .............

 

Dalada Maligawa
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Royal Palace (King's Palace) ......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .............. ............... ................. ................ .......... .............

 

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Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace

Kings Palace
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Kings Palace
Kings Palace
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Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace

Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Kings Palace

 

Royal palace is situated between the Dalada Maligawa and the Vishnu Temple in Kandy. Access to the Royal Palace is from the area near to Vishnu Temple.

The remains that can be seen today of the Royal palace was the residence of the Last king of Kandy [1762 A.D.]Though what we see today is only a section of the original palace complex still many important areas survive.

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Audience Hall

 

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Audience Hall
Audience Hall
Audience Hall
Audience Hall
Audience Hall
Audience Hall

This was the place where the king had carried out his administration work with ministers on governing matters. The Audience Hall or the Assembly Hall is set on a raised Stone plinth and open in all sides. This was first built in 1784 A.D.The building is of Timber Architecture of the Kandyan period.

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Temple of God Natha

 

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Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple
Natha Temple

Natha Temple
Natha Temple

 

 

The Natha Temple or the "Natha Devale " as called by the Sinhalese, is the most oldest building of the Ancient capital.It dates back to 14th century AD. God Natha is considered be to a Bodhisatva of Mahayana Buddhism. The Architecture is of Indian Vijayanagar style, it is said.

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Temple of God Vishnu

 

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Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple

Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple

This temple is situated near the Royal palace and is popular as the "Maha Devalaya " or the main temple. It is said that the announcement of the appointment of the new King of Kandy took place in a ceremony at this temple during the rule of the Kandyan kings.

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Temple of God Pattini

 

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Pattini Temple
Pattini Temple

This temple belongs to the Goddess Pattini, which is about four hundred years old. She is the most popular among the country's village population since she is associated with the welfare of newborn babies and small children.

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Temple of God Kataragama

 

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Kataragama Temple
Kataragama Temple

This is dedicated to the god of Kataragama. He is considered to be one of the four guardian gods of Sri Lanka.

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Kandy Lake ......... ......... ........... ............ .............. .................. .............. .............. ............... ................. ................ .......... .............

 

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Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake
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Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake
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Kandy Lake
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Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake

The construction work of this man built lake was commenced in 1807 and completed in 1812 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. This area had been a paddy field previously and is said to be suggested by Captain Davy to create an artificial lake by traping water streams flowing from nearby areas.

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Queen's Bathing Pavillion

 

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Queen's Bathing Pavillion
Queen's Bathing Pavillion
Queen's Bathing Pavillion
Queen's Bathing Pavillion
Queen's Bathing Pavillion

This is situated in the Kandy Lake near to present Temple of the Tooth relic complex. This was used by the Queen and the royal ladies during the King's time.

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Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy
Old look of Kandy

 

 

Reference

 

Anuradha Senevirathne "Kandy"

Dept. of Buddhist Affairs Publication "Tooth Relic of The Buddha"