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Tooth relic temple founded by King Vijayabahu-I
This is the oldest building in the Sacred Quadrangle. This may be identified as the Temple of the Tooth built by King Vijayabahu the Great (1055-1110 A.D.). This was a two storied building and in the upper floor were deposited the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Bowl Relic. The upper floor was probably made of timber and the roof had wooden beams and was covered with clay tiles. Near the building is an inscription in Tamil grantha script which says that the protection of the Sacred Tooth Relic had been entrusted to the Velaikkara soldiers who were the King?s private guards.

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