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Kandy Esala Perahera Grand Randoli Perahera 2021

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HISTORICAL KANDY ESALA PERAHERA​

Buddhist Literature unveils various pageants and festivities held in great honor of Lord Buddha. The perahara pageant concept became popular during the reign of Emperor Asoka of India. Kandy Perahara pageant really pageant which displays traditional customs. Majority of them been intermingled with the Buddhist and Hindu religious customs.

Yet they display and highlight the great value of the Sinhals culture.Most of the customs have taken from on statues stated in the “Dantha Dhathu Charitha” or “Dalada Siritha” (a book on the customs pertaining on the sacred Tooth Relic) Written during the regime of Parakramabahu IV (1302-1326) of Kurunagala.

The Dalada Siritha stated 38 statutes, on which a perahara pageant should be conducted.Accordingly, the Shrine Room of the Sacred Tooth Relic should be cleaned at the auspicious hour. canopies should be tied, should be decorated beautifully with various silk clothes; The king team of ministers and general public of the city should make offering of rice, flowers and light oil lamps on the 7th day morning,the city should be decorated like the heaven on the same day evening, the chief priests of Uttara Mula Sect personnel of two castes Ganavesi and Kilin should move the Sacred Relic casked with utmost veneration.

These rites were performed annually. Even today rights were performed accordingly.

Perahera Event Day Time
Ceremony of planting 'Kap'
(auspicious post)
09th August 2021
1st Kumbal Perahera
13th August 2021
07.18 P.M
2nd Kumbal Perahera
14th August 2021
07.15 P.M
3rd Kumbal Perahera
15th August 2021
07.12 P.M
4th Kumbal Perahera
16th August 2021
07.07 P.M
5th Kumbal Perahera
17th August 2021
07.05 P.M
1st Randoli Perahera
18th August 2021
07.02 P.M
2nd Randoli Perahera
19th August 2021
06.57 P.M
3rd Randoli Perahera
20th August 2021
07.03P.M
4th Randoli Perahera
21st August 2021
06.48 P.M
Final Randoli Perahera
22nd August 2021
06.44 P.M
Water Cutting Ceremony
(Diya Kapeema)
23rd August 2021
Day Perahera
23rd August 2021
11.50 A.M

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