Dalada Maligawa


In the Royal Palace area you can also find the Dalada Maligawa. The central relic chamber of this ruined temple may have been the first Temple of the Tooth in the 4th century AD. Other sources claim the tooth resided in the Abhayagiri Dagoba.

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