Kandy Esala Perahara is round the corner!

 

Throughout the month of July up till August is the celebration of the Esala festival. The Esala festival is held to honour Lord Buddha’s Conception, his Renunciation and his first Sermon. And is also known as the ‘Festival of the Tooth’. This historical holy procession is held annually, and consists of many traditional Kandyan dancers, fire dancers and various cultural dancers. But the biggest highlight would be the beautifully & colourfully attired elephants that grace the procession.

The Kandy Esala Perahara begins with the ‘Kappa’, which is a ritual performed by planting four Jackfruit trees in each of the four Devales, dedicated to the four guardian Gods ‘Natha’, ‘Vishnu’, ‘Katharagama’ and Goddess ‘Pattini’, customarily to shower blessings on the King and the people of Sri Lanka.

The Kumbal Perahara ~ In the next five days each Devale will organize Peraharas within their premises. But the main Perahara procession is of the Dalada Maligawa Perahara.

However, the best time to see the Kandy Esala Perahera is on the last two nights, particularly anywhere along the route gives a good view of the procession.

Escape in style and be driven by some of the best in Sri Lanka.
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