The Temple of the Tooth

Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell.  The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars.  Behind the tooth relic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha’s life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land.  The best time to visit the temple is in the evenings when the ritual known as “thewawa” begins with drumming and trumpet blowing, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public for viewing of the casket with the tooth.