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The archaeological and historical heritage of Temple of the Tooth


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Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.

List of Dhiyavadana Nilame

Kapuwaththe Adhikaram 1814-1824
Lokubanda Dhehigama Nilame 1824-1827
Kuda Molligoda Nilame 1827-1828
Kuda Dhehigama Nilame 1824-1835
Mullegama Adhikaram 1835-1842
Dhullewe Adhikaram 1842-1848
Loku Bandara Dhehigama Nilame 1848-1862
Kuda Bandara Dhehigama Nilame; 1862-1882
Kuda Mudhalige Hiragama Nilame 1882-1897
Senavirathne Rathwaththe Nilame 1897-1901
Kuda Bandara Nugawella Nilame 1901-1916
Punchi Bandara Nugawella Nilame 1916-1937
Tikiri Bandara Rathwaththe Nilame 1937-1947
Kuda Bandara Nugawella Nilame 1947-1961
Haris Lovike Rathwaththe Nilame 1961-1964
Heenbanda Udurawana Nilame 1964-1974
NIshshanka Vijerathna Nilame 1974-1984
Neranjan Vijerathna Nilame 1984-2005
Nilanga Dheela Bandara Nilame 2005 - present day

  • Kandy , Sri Lanka
  • Empire/Dynasty: Kandyan Kindom
  • 1595 AD

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