Lord Buddha, who we also know as Gautama Buddha, died in 483 BC. Thousands of years have passed since, but you will be surprised to know that there is such a wonderful temple in Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka, where even today the tooth of Lord Buddha is claimed to be kept. It is said that this tooth is still growing today. This temple is in Kandy city of Sri Lanka.
This temple is known as the ‘Daant Mandir’. This temple is in the city of Kandy, which was once the capital of Sri Lanka. The King of Sri Lanka lived here. When the monarchy ended, the colonial movement in Kandy increased. Candy also has a lot of religious significance, as there are many important Buddhist temples here.
It is said that after Lord Buddha left his body, he was cremated in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, but one of his followers removed his tooth from his funeral pyre and gave it to King Brahmadatta. That tooth of Lord Buddha remained with King Brahmadatta for many years.
Many battles were fought for the tooth of Lord Buddha. That tooth went to many kings and came. Finally, a follower of Lord Buddha secretly brought that tooth to Sri Lanka. In ancient times, a king of Kandi built a huge grand temple for the tooth of Lord Buddha near his palace and since then that tooth is kept in the same grand temple.
However, when the Portuguese invaded Sri Lanka in the year 1603, the tooth of Lord Buddha was taken to Dumbara for protection but was later brought back to Kandy. This tooth is placed in a small box. People visiting the temple can see that tooth. However, opening the casket is not shown to anyone.
Every Wednesday, Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth is symbolically bathed with scented water made from the fragrant flower Manumura Mangalaya. This holy water is then distributed as offerings to the devotees. This water is considered to have healing powers.
Every year in the city of Kandy, a festival called ‘Kandy Perahera’ is celebrated in the months of July and August. During this time, the casket in which the tooth of Lord Buddha is kept, it is rotated throughout the city. Let me tell you that this tooth temple of Lord Buddha was included in the World Heritage by UNESCO in the year 1998.
In 2017, when Prime Minister Modi visited Sri Lanka, he also visited this dental relic temple and the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha. During this time he was accompanied by former Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Modi also paid floral tributes at the temple.