Images of Worship from the Temple of the Tooth

Images of Worship from the Temple of the Tooth

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We planned our visit to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth with a poya, or full moon, day. Buddhists follow the lunar calendar and Poya Days are the most sacred of the year. So the temple — Sri Lanka’s most important — was packed full of worshipers. As you might imagine, there were a lot of photogenic moments just waiting to be captured.

The Temple of the Tooth on our Kandy Map

Elephant Guard
Golden Budda Gate
Tooth Temple Tunnel
Temple Drummer
Tusk Temple
Praying to Buddha
Metal Umbrella
Temple Gossip
Buddhist Gate
Door To Nirwana
Cock Door
Dont Smell Flowers
Kandy Painting
Moon Stone
Snake Dance
Buddha Stairs
Double Headed Birds
Temple Dance Hall
Temple Flame
The Smell of Buddhism
Please Take Your Shoes Off
Monkey Hug
Monkey Temple
Not A Painting


  • Red Hunt

    Stunning photos….don’t you love Sri Lanka!?? Got your comment on my Nuwara Eliya post! Nope not in Lanka anymore….hope to return one day though. Have fun in Anuradhapura…hope you get to Sigiriya too…or to Horton Plains / Yala for some nature and wildlife!

    February 22, 2012 at 5:34 am
  • Angela

    Now why do you think they won’t let you smell the flowers? I’d have a hard time refraining. Gorgeous photos. Love the monkeys hanging out, too. 

    February 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    • Dre

      It would be regarded as you ill-respect the Lord Buddha. Apparently it was a faithful and prayerful offering of another Buddhist devotee to the Lord Buddha. It has a religious and cultural value…

      March 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm
  • Betsy

    Wow.  Just, wow.  My family is living in Qatar which makes Sri Lanka the quickest and easiest getaway to green-ness, and it’s a marvelous place.  I was thinking about heading back with the kids over spring break.  Reading your blog has convinced me.  Thanks a million.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm