Esala Perahera

The cortege of the Sacred Tooth Relic came into existence during the reign of King Keerthi Sri Megawarna (301 BC-238 BC) from then the Dalada procession is celebrated annually on the Esala full moon Poya Day.

The “Dantha Dhathu Charithra” or “Dalada Siritha” (a codex on the customs referring to the Sacred Tooth Relic) was recorded during the reign of King Parakramabahu IV (1302-1326) of Dambadeniya/Kurunegala. The Dalada Sirithi demands that 38 statues and religious artefacts have to be cleaned at an appointed hour, adorned in highly decorated fine silks then placed under canopies and made ready for a procession. The chief priests of Uttara Mula Sect then appointed persons of Ganavesi and Kilin casts to move the Sacred Relics with utmost veneration. This continues to-date.

The Festival of the Tooth or better known as the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place during the Esala full moon at the end of July to early August every year. It is a grandiose festival celebrated with elegant traditional costumes which highlights the great value of Sinhala culture. The event is a spectacular parade with oil lamps/lanterns, elephants and their mahouts dressed in beautiful regalia, with the sounds of myriads of trumpets, drums, Kandyan dancers dancing their hearts content at their euphoric best. All supported by a great many elephants beautified in their elaborately decorated mantle. This procession is led by a massive Maligawa tusker adorned from tusk to foot with the most splendidly adorned cloak with lights. The tusker carries on its back a replica of the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha placed within a cask under a decorative canopy.

The Kandy Perahera is a unique experience for any seasoned traveller who will never forget this beautiful event.

August: Kandy Perahera

The Festival of the Tooth or better known as the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place during the Sale full moon at the end of July to early August every year. It is a grandiose festival celebrated with elegant traditional costumes which highlights the great value of Sinhala culture.

The event is a spectacular parade with oil lamps/lanterns, elephants and their mahouts and Kandyan chiefs dressed in beautiful royal regalia, with the sounds of myriads of trumpets, drums, Kandyan dancers dancing their hearts content at their euphoric best. All supported by a scores of elephants beautified in their elaborately decorated mantle. This procession is led by a massive Maligawa tusker adorned from tusk to foot with the most splendidly adorned cloak with lights. The tusker carries on its back a replica of the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha placed within a golden casket under a decorative canopy. Flag bearers and Buddhist monks walk in procession in veneration to Lord Buddha.

The Kandy Perahera is an awesome, unique experience that you will never forget.

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