The Kandy esala perahera (the esala procession of Kandy) additionally called the competition of the teeth is a grand pageant celebrated with stylish costumes and is held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This ancient procession is held annually to pay homage to the sacred teeth relic of Lord Buddha, that is housed on the Sri dalada maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional neighbourhood dances which include fire-dances, whip-dances, kandyan dances and various different cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are typically embellished with lavish clothes. The festival ends with the conventional diyakepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony that is held on the mahaweli river at getambe, kandy.

This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred teeth relic of the Buddha via the streets of the Kandy city which is completed with outstanding panache. That is taken into consideration as one of the maximum lovely pageants within the asia.

The primary ritual ‘kap situweema’ (planting of a sanctified young jackfruit tree) may be held to commence the rituals that start out perahera. The ritual is done in keeping with an auspicious time decided via astrologers. The jackfruit tree is sprinkled with sandalwood scented water and services are is made of nine forms of flowers and an oil lamp with 9 wicks. The priest of the maha vishnu devale (vishnu temple) recites his prayers to all the gods.

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Esala Perahera Celebrations

Modern Perahera

After the Kandyan state fell to the british in 1815, the custody of the relic was surpassed over to the maha sanga (the buddhist clergy). Inside the absence of the king, a first-rate lay custodian called the “diyawadana nilame” changed into appointed to handle recurring administrative subjects regarding the relic and its care.

Randoli Perahera

The Randoli Perahera begins after five nights of the Kumbal Perahera. Randoli refers to palanquins on which the Queens of the ruling Kings traditionally traveled. 2018 Kandy Esala Maha Perahera (Randoli Perahera) was held on 25 August 2018, the full moon poya day with the participation of hundred thousand people.

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