July 31, Kandy: 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 ceremony, a tradition being carried from the eras of Kings, began with planting the ‘Kap’ in the premises of the four Devales dedicated to four guardian gods, Natha, Vishnu, Pathini and Kataragama.
The four inner Devale processions will be held from tonight for 5 days. The Kumbal Perahera is scheduled to be held from August 4th till 8th. The final Randoli Perahera will begin after that and continue until the 13th. The historic Kandy Esala Perahera festival will conclude with the Day Perahera and water cutting ceremony on the 14th.
The police have made arrangements to deploy additional policemen to provide security to the public with the beginning of Kumbal Perahera. A large crowd is expected in the hill capital to see the Perahera.
Perahara Festival tours are being offered by different tour operators from Colombo