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Kandy Esala Perahera 2018
Kandy Esala Perahera 2018
The Kandy Esala Perahera (the Esala procession of Kandy) also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a grand festival celebrated with elegant costumes and is held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.
Kandy Esala Perahera 2018 Ticket Online Booking
Date Name of the Perahera Venue Price Book Online
16th Aug 2018 1st Kumbal Perahera Queens Hotel 85 USD/per ticket
17th Aug 2018 2nd Kumbal Perahera Queens Hotel 85 USD/per ticket
18th Aug 2018 3rd Kumbal Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 85 USD/per ticket
19th Aug 2018 4th Kumbal Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 90 USD/per ticket
20th Aug 2018 5th Kumbal Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 90 USD/per ticket
         
21st Aug 2018 1st Randoli Perahera Queens Hotel 95 USD/per ticket
22nd Aug 2018 2nd Randoli Perahera Queens Hotel 95 USD/per ticket
23rd Aug 2018 3rd Randoli Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 95 USD/per ticket
24th Aug 2018 4th Randoli Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 105 USD/per ticket
25th Aug 2018 Final Randoli Perahera Queens Hotel Corridor 125 USD/per ticket
26th Aug 2018 Day Perahera -    
History of Kandy Perahera
The Esala is believed to be a fusion of two separate but interconnected "Peraheras" (Processions) - The Esala and Dalada. The Esala Perahera, which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC, was a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall. The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th century CE, eight hundred years after the passing away of Lord Buddha. According to tradition, the Tooth Relic was taken in procession to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala & Prince Dantha.
Organization of Kandy Perahera
The rituals connected with the Tooth Relic are conducted by Monks of the Malwatte Chapter and Asgiriya Chapters of the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka. It is the duty of the Diyawadana Nilame to organize the Perahera and thus he summons the large number of officials of the Temple of the Tooth and entrusts them with various ceremonial duties connected with the conducting of the Perahera. He first gets the auspicious time from the Nekath Mohottala, the advisor on astrological matters. The task of organising the different types of drummers is handed over to the four officials known as the Panikka Mura Baarakaruwo.

The Maligawa officials also meet the owners of the elephants due to take part in the Perahera (most elephants are privately owned). The dance troupes are given time to prepare. The Basnayake Nilames (the lay custodians of the Devales) are then told to organise their processions.