Kandy Esala Perahera 2014

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Kandy Esala Perahera is also known as the month of the festival, which is celebrated grandly among many local Buddhist and also foreign tourists, this glittering event is being celebrated over 236 years every Esala month in August. Kandy Esala Perahera is done to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic which is kept in the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

There are thousands of tourists who come down just to experience this colorful event, it has won so many hearts of the tourists, a British poet and a famous novelist D.H Lawrence described the event “perpetual fire-laughing motion among the slow shuffle of elephants”

Ten days prior, the king of the Sri Dalada Maligawa sent a man dressed in an impressively beautiful manner in royal robes and on a decorated large elephant. The man goes around the virtual village and announce to the public “Behold, ten days after this, Lord Buddha’s Tooth will be brought forth, and taken to the Abhayagiri Viharaya. Let all could be monks or laymen, who wish to gather merit for themselves, make the road smooth and in good condition, grandly attractive lanes and by-ways, and provide an great quantity store of flowers and incense to be used as offerings to it”

“1739 and 1815”. During the Kandyan geo logical time the Esala Perahera was given much importance, there is a four Devale Perahera which is dedicated to the four guardian’s called Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Patthini, is combined to the main Event.

 
 

“Kapsituvima” (planting of the “Kapa” the wish conferring tree ) is the installation of the Esala Perahera, this is a ritual coming down from the traditions, after the 5th day of planting the "Kapa" the Kapurala’s in each devale take this plant around in processions. Accompanied by Drummers etc.

On the 5th day starts the first perahera “The Randoli” this is a lengthened version of the famous Kumbal Perahera, on the full moon day, this Perahera reassembles to go to Asgiriya Temple, where the casket is placed. Then Devale Peraheras return to their Devales.

In the night, the Devale Peraheras make their way to the water-cutting site at the Getambetota. At the river, the “kapuralas" of the devales, go in a decorated boat, to some distance in the river.

At this place, each “kapurala" slashes the water with the sacred sword and collects a pitcher full at the place where the sword touched the water. This water will be stored in their Devale for one year, and will be put back into the river, next year at a similar ceremony.

After seven days from the day Perahera, the “Waliyak-netuma”, a shortened form of “Kohomba-kankariya" is performed at the Vishnu Devalaya, along with masked dancing. On the seventh day, the Esala Perahera festival will be declared as over. The people of the “balibat” caste, who are sorcerers and exorcists, were the dancers in the Perahera during the days of our kings. It was a form of “Rajakariya” (duty) to the king.

This year the Kandy Esala Perahera will be held in a much more impressive way and we invite you to join with us.

 
 

Schedule of Kandy Esala Perahera 2014

 
Please contact us to book seatings for Kandy Esala Perahera. Prices are as follows.
 
 

Date

Location

Price
(per seat)

 

Kumbal Perahera

 

01th August 2014

Pizza Hut Corridor - Temple Street, Kandy. 

75.00 USD

Sithumina Book Shop Bldg.- No. 20, Colombo Street, Kandy.

70.00 USD

Seetha Book Shop Bldg - No. 24, Colombo Street, Kandy.

70.00 USD

MPCS Building – No.34, Colombo Street, Kandy.

70.00 USD

02nd August 2014

Pizza Hut Corridor – D.S Senanayake Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

03rd August 2014

Pizza Hut Corridor – D.S Senanayake Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

04th August 2014

Queens Hotel Corridor – Dalada Veediya,Kandy.

75.00 USD

 

Final Kumbal Perahera

 

05th Aug 2014

Queens Hotel Corridor – Dalada Veediya,Kandy.

75.00 USD

Francis Perera Bldg.   - No. 12, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

70.00 USD

Paivas Hotel Corridor – No. 37, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

70.00 USD

 

Randoli Perahera

 

06th Aug 2014

Pizza Hut Corridor – Temple Street, Kandy.

85.00 USD

Sithumina Book Shop Bldg.- No.20,Colombo Street, Kandy.

75.00 USD

Seetha Book Shop Bldg- No.24,Colombo Street, Kandy.

75.00 USD

MPCS Building – No. 34, Colombo Street, Kandy.

75.00 USD

07th Aug 2014

Pizza Hut corridor - D.S. Senanayake Veediya, Kandy.

85.00 USD

08th Aug 2014

Queens Hotel Corridor – Dalada Veediya,Kandy.

85.00 USD

Devon Hotel Corridor- No.74 Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

09th Aug 2014

Queens Hotel Corridor – Dalada Veediya,Kandy.

85.00 USD

No. 12, Francis Perera Bldg. - Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

No.37, Paivas Hotel Corridor -Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

Devon Hotel Corridor - No.74, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

 

Final Randoli Perahera

 

10th Aug 2014

Queens Hotel Corridor – Dalada Veediya,Kandy.

85.00 USD

Franci's Perera Bldg : - No. 12,Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

Paivas Hotel Corridor.- No. 37,Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

Devon Hotel Corridor - No.74, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kandy.  

75.00 USD

 

Day Perahera

 

11st Aug 2014

Pizza Hut Corridor - D.S.Senanayake Veediya, Kandy.

75.00 USD

 
Book your hotel in Kandy early to view Kandy Esala Perahera before the hotels get full for the season.
 

"Book Hotels in Kandy During Perahera Season & Enjoy Fabulous Discounts"

 
Special Offer

Upto 15% discount for the first night and upto 20% discount for the second night.

Upto 10% discount for airport pickups.

5% discount for Kandy Esala Perahera tickets.

 

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