Into Kandy centre, cultural capital and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, believed to be the tooth of Buddha; an exciting tuk tuk ride around Kandy, quick lunch then on bikes through busy traffic to Digana (another tuk tuk accident on the way)
The tooth itself is held within 7 gold caskets, each one having a separate key, each key is held by a different person for security.
Elephants were very important in ceremonies and still are today. A parade is held annually lasting 10 days. Raja, a tusker was the lead processional elephant for 22 years and became famous in his own right. His body is displayed in the complex.
Offerings of sweet smelling flowers are brought to the temple; a symbol of the sweetess of life but its temporary nature.
Missed you at the book club dinner last Wednesday;The Hare with the Amber Eyes was very popular and has definitely helped Andy’s rankings. Sounds like all is going well, lucky you…….think of those overworked junior doctors! BTW next book is Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson so keep in the loop old boy as you cycle around lovely India. Keep safe but be brave. Benedict