The historic Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka hill capital of Kandy got off to a start at an auspicious time this morning with the traditional “Kap” planting ceremony under the guidance of Mohottala of the Temple of Tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa.
The ritual of planting kappas at four the four Devales commenced at the auspicious time of 5.10 am following which, the processions of the four Devales begin.
The first Kumbal Perahera will begin its procession at an auspicious time on the 5th of August and at the main entrance of the Temple of the Tooth Relic and continue for five days until the 9th of August.
Randoli Perahera will be held for five days from the 10th of August and the final Randoli Perahera will parade the streets on 14th of August.
The festival will come to an end with the Water cutting Ceremony on the 15th morning.
The historic Esala Festival, a tradition being carried from the eras of Kings, attracts thousands of devotees, pilgrims and foreign visitors to the hill capital of Kandy and it is a major tourist attraction.
Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that 7000 police personnel including STF personnel have been deployed for the security of the Esala Perahera.