Final Maha Randoli Perahera today
KANDY: The historic Kandy Esala Perahera - Sri Lanka’s biggest
cultural pageant - reaches its climax today with the fifth and final
Maha Randoli perahera.
The Maha Randoli perahera will start from the Sri Dalada Maligawa at
7.38 p.m. facing North and proceed along Dalada Veediya, Yatinuwara
Veediya, Kande Veediya, D.S. Senanayake Veediya, Raja Veediya and return
to the Dalada Maligawa along Maligawa Chaturasraya.
The same night the Devale Peraheras will join the Dalada Maligawa
perahera at 1.45 a.m. (August 17) and facing South proceed along Dalada
Veediya, D.S. Senanayake Veediya to the Gedige Viharaya and after
depositing the Sacred Relic Casket there, will return to devales and
The Devale Peraheras will, before dawn, proceed along Peradeniya Road
to Getambe Thota for the water cutting ceremony (Diya Kapana Mangallaya).
Thereafter, the devale peraheras will return along the same road to
Katukele Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple where the customary rituals will be
During the last nine days unprecedented crowds including several
thousands of foreigners witnessed the five Kumbal perheras and Randoli
peraheras which paraded the streets of Kandy.
The peraheras were headed by the Peramuna Rala, the Gajanayake atop
the elephant and followed by teams of flag bearers, torch bearers,
drummers, dancers, singers, Kavadi dancers, bear dancers and other
The Diyawadana Nilame and Basnayake Nilames attired in the garb of
Kandyan chieftains walked behind the richly caparisoned Maligawa tusker
and tuskers of their respective devales.
The Dalada Maligawa, the Mahamaluwa, Natha, Pathini, Kataragama and
Vishnudevales in Kandy were gaily decorated with Buddhist flags and
illuminated for the eleven day Esala festival.