Sacred Frangipani







I visited the Temple of the Tooth at the time of the evening 
service, half-past six. Worshippers were crowding in. Each 
went first to a fountain within the temple wall, where he poured water on his feet and hands, and then bought flowers from vendors who stood near by with baskets laden with them. These flowers are, first, the rich and fragrant charapac, or frangipani, the flower of the temple-tree, and, second, the blossom of the ironwood, or na-tree. They are all white, with a slight dash of pink. Their perfume fills all the sacred spaces. The air hangs heavy, and surfeits one with the combined fragrance.
"Indika: The Country and the People of India and Ceylon" 
John Fletcher Hurst