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Kandy Esala Perahera


Dalada Maligawa, Kandy is a must-visit in any traveller’s travel schedule. However the Esala Perahera adds more popularity to this location as the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is presented for the public to witness and worship it by carrying it through the city once a year. It was King Rajasinghe’s decision to commence such a procession.  This ceremony falls in the period of July-August, gathering thousands of Buddhists, and other tourists to the Kandy streets to witness the glamorous festival.

The Esala Perahera starts with a ritual namely “Kap Situweema” along with other rituals conducted at various auspicious times. Whip dances, fire dances, the most famous Kandyan Dances along with other cultural dances add splendour to the event.  In addition to this there are elephants dressed up in colourful and glistening garments that walk in the procession. The Sacred Tooth Relic will be carried by the sacred casket bearing tusker that is chosen to be the one, in a golden casket. The Basnayaka Nilames (custodians of the shrines that fall under the Dalada Maligawa) also take part in the parade.  The pageant ends with the “Diya Kapeema” also known as the water cutting ceremony which takes place in the Mahaweli River.

The Kandy Esala Perahera is a unique religious and cultural icon of Sri Lanka as well as a vibrant festival to all eyes.

Esala Perahera 2017 Schedule

1st Kumbal Perahera2017 July 29th  
‍2nd Kumbal Perahera2017 July 30th  
3rd Kumbal Perahera2017 July 31st
‍4th Kumbal Perahera2017 August 01st
5th Kumbal Perahera2017 August 02nd
1st Randoli Perahera2017 August 03rd
2nd Randoli Perahera2017 August 04th
3rd Randoli Perahera2017 August 05th
4th Randoli Perahera2017 August 06th
5th Randoli Perahera2017 August 07th
Day Perahera2017 August 08th