Aug 20, Kandy: The visiting Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and Japan's Princess Tsuguko of Takamado today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President's House in Kandy and later they visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the most sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
Princess Sirindhorn visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa earlier this afternoon and will view the Esala Perahara this evening.
The President accompanied the visiting royals to the Temple of Tooth where both Princesses met the Diyawadana Nilame (Custodian) of the Dalada Maligawa.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (above) and Japan's Princess Tsuguko of Takamado (below) met the Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa Nilanga Dela today.
President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa hosted a banquet this evening in Princess Sirindhorn's honor.
The Thai delegation also included the Ambassador of Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka, Poldej Worachat.
Governor of Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, and Chief-of-Staff to the President Gamini Senarath, were present for the discussion. Several other government ministers, parliamentarians and dignitaries were in attendance for the banquet.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in the country Monday on a four-day visit at the invitation of President Rajapaksa.
During her visit she is scheduled to tour Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Peradeniya Botanical garden and Nuwara Eliya areas.
Japan's Princess Tsuguko, the eldest daughter of Japanese Prince Takamado also arrived in the island on Monday for a four-day visit from August 19th to 23rd at the invitation of the President.
During her stay in the island Princess Tsuguko will also visit the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura.
Nobuhito Hobo, Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka accompanied Princess Tsuguko during the visit to Kandy.
The two princesses will view the final Randoli Perahara of the Esala Perahara taking place tonight.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)