We were staying at the Club Bentota Hotel in Aluthgama and visited The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic as part of a two day trip to Kandy.
We arrived at nightfall and our first impression was how beautiful it looked lit up with the river in the background, lovely.
We went through security and those who's knees were not covered were given a sarong to cover up with. It is custom when visiting Buddhist temples that both your shoulders and knees should be covered. You also hand in your shoes until you leave.
There were hundreds of people bearing flowers for Buddha and heading inside the temple to pray and hoping to catch a glimpse of the golden outer casket they believe to hold Buddha's tooth.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse ourselves and considered it an honour to be allowed to share in this experience as it is only possible to get to see this relic for 15 minutes a few times a day before it is locked away again. Also many religions do not allow 'outsiders' to see inside their places of worship so we considered it a privilege.
The temple is extremely beautiful with its intricate paintings and we found the history fascinating.
It's wonderful that it means so much the people who visit every day and not being particularly religious ourselves found their dedication to their belief a very humbling experience.