Teeth of Buddha

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Photo and caption by Guido Sperzaga

According to Sri Lankan legends, when the Lord Buddha died (mahä Parinibbhäna) BC 543, his body was cremated in a sandalwood pyre at Kusinagara in India and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by Arahat Khema. Khema then gave it to King Brahmadatte for veneration. It became a royal possession in Brahmadatte's country and was kept in the city of Dantapuri (present day Puri in Orissa).

Location: Temple of the Tooth - Kandy - Sri Lanka

 

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