Tuskers at Esala Perahera of Kandy City

Glittering Esala Perahera in Kandy

Glittering Esala Perahera in Kandy

Tuskers at Esala Perahera of Kandy City

Esala Perahera in Kandy or Dalada Perahera is perhaps the world’s oldest religious pageant. It held for the 1790th time this year. It is held in the August to honour the sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha which reposes in the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

The sacred Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala and her husband Prince Dantha from Kalinga State, and handed to then King Kirthi Sri Meghawarna (AD 303 – 331), who reigned in Anuradhapura. The king reverently accepted the precious relic and deposited it in a mansion called the Damma Cakka Geha which was built by the first Buddhist King of Sri Lanka, Devanampiyatissa. Initially it was kept at the Meghagiri monastery, currently called Isurumuniya.

During that time the sacred Tooth Relic was taken to the Abhayagiriya in a procession and it is considered the origin of the Dalada Perahera. According to the Chulavamsa, King Kirthi Sri Meghawarna began the Perahera in the 10th year of his reign and continued till 372 AD.

Sacred Tooth Relic was brought to Senkadagala by the King Vimaladharmasuriya (AD 1591 – 1604).

The reign of King Kirthi Sri R​Rajasinghe (AD 1747 – 1810) is considered as the golden era of Buddhism. Even though he belonged to the Indian Nayakkar Dynasty, he did much to the Buddhism. During his time he ordered to held the individual Peraheras of the  Four Devala and the Dalada Maligawa Perahera together as a one perahera, with the advice of the Ven. Sanga Raja, Velivita Sri Saranankara thera.

Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Udunuwara of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located off the Daulagala road approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) away from Pilimatalawa junction and a few kilometres from the ancient buddhist temple, Gadaladeniya Vihara. It is considered as one of the most magnificent architectural edifice created during the Gampola era.

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Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden is located approximately 5 km from the hill capital city of Kandy.

Botanical Garden Peradeniya

Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

As per the reports the garden attracts nearly 2 million visitors annually. It is located near the longest river (Mahaweli River) of the island.

Peradeniya Botanical garden has a fine collection of Orchids and managed by Department of Agriculture. It has a collection of more than 4000 species of plants, spices, medicinal plants, palm trees and orchids. Garden covers 147 acres of land and located 460 m above sea level.

Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden

Resource : Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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Victoria Dam

Victoria Dam

Victoria Dam

Victoria dam is an Arch dam built across Sri Lanka’s longest river, which is Mahaweli River six (6) km from Teldeniya. The main purpose to build this is for irrigation and hydroelectric power production.  This dam is the tallest dam in the country. This was declared open by President HE J R Jayawardane in 1985.

Victoria Dam

Victoria Dam

The dam measures 122 m (400 ft) tall. It creates the Victoria reservoir, which spreads a surface area of 22.7 Km2. Dam consist of eight (8) spillways, which opens automatically when water levels are high.

The dam’s gates, which need power only to close, won an award for “Innovative Design in Civil Engineering” by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Tuskers at the Kandy Esala Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera

 

Kandy Esala Perahera is an annual spectacle in the island nation. This pageant is known as one of the mostly celebrated festival by the Sri Lankan in a grand scale. 

Getting Ready

Maligawa Tusker

There are numerous number of perahara celebrations in Sri Lanka. All perahera celebrations depend on the religion, particularly Buddhism. The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the most established and most amazing of every single Buddhist event in Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that it is a Buddhist occasion, different religions lovers likewise partake here. The Perahera in Kandy marches along the roads to respect the sacrosanct Tooth Relic and the four ‘gatekeeper’ divine beings: Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Pattini.

Drummers

Drummers

The pageant is held yearly in July and August on days settled by the Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic).

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