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Sri Lanka is one of the beautiful and choice of tropical island in the world. Ceylon is the previous name and now it's well known as Sri Lanka, harborages nine heritage sites which declared by UNESCO. This tropical island offers opulent and ancient serene Buddhist sites, untouched nature in many national parks, beautiful hill country with endless tea plantation and beautiful golden beaches around ... Read more


Kandy Esala Perahera is the grandest religious festival held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances, nicely decorated elephants, fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema.

The Esala Perahera which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC, was a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall. The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th century B.C. The Kandy Esala Perahera begins with the Kap Situveema or Kappa, in which a sanctified young Jackfruit tree (Artocarpus integrifolia) is cut and planted in the premises of each of the four  Devalayas dedicated to the four guardian gods Natha, Vishnu, Katharagama and the goddess Pattini. Traditionally it was meant to shower blessing on the King and the people.

Mainly there are two types of perahera called Kumbal Perahera and Randoli Perahera. Eandoli Perahera is more interesting than Kumbal Perahera as it is an expanded version of the Kumbal Perahera to which are added palanquins of the four devalayas. After the last Randoli Perahera make their way to the water-cutting site at Gatambe ferry. At the river the kapuralas of the devales are led in a decorated boat to some distance, from where they cleave the waters with the sacred sword, and collect a pitcher full from the place where the sword touched the water, to be stored in the devales for one year, to be fed back into the river, at the next water-cutting ceremony.

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