Aug 07, Colombo: The final Randoli Perahera of Sri Lanka's premier Buddhist pageant, the historic Esala festival, will parade the streets in the hill capital of Kandy Monday night.
The final Perahera, grandest of all, will showcase many cultural dances and beautifully decorated bejeweled elephants.
The Perahera will start from the Dalada Maligawa at 07.53 p.m. facing south and proceed along Dalada Veediya,
Yatinuwara Veediya, Kande Veediya (Hill Street), D.S.Senanayake Veediya, Raja Veediya and return to the Dalada Maligawa along Maligawa Chaturasraya.
The Esala festival will be concluded at the traditional water cutting rituals (Diya Kapeeme Mangalyaya) to be held in the Mahaweli River at the Gatambay Thotupola following the Day Perahera on Tuesday (August 08) morning.
The historic Esala Festival, a tradition being carried from the eras of Kings, is held annually in honor of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha enshrined at the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth) in Kandy.
The festival attracts thousands of devotees, pilgrims and foreign visitors to the hill capital of Kandy and it is a major tourist attraction.
Meanwhile, the police have deployed over 4,000 police officers to provide security to the event. The police expect a large crowd in the hill capital to see the final Perahera, Senior Superintendent of Police in Kandy Edmund Mahendra said.