Aug 12, Colombo: President Ranil Wickramasinghe said that despite facing a huge economic crisis, the country will be definitely recovered from that crisis and the blessings of Dalada Temple and all the gods are a great strength for the effort.
At the ceremony held this afternoon (12) at the President’s House in Kandy to mark the successful completion of the historical Dalada Perahera festival and the annual procession of the four great temples, the President said everyone should move forward with new hopes for a new economy that will bring good life to all people.
According to the traditional customs, Custodian of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Hindu Temples (Dewales), officially presented the ‘Sannasa’, the traditional communication of successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera, to the Head of State, President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the President’s House in Kandy today.
President Wickramasinghe also offered a fruit treat for the "Sindhu" elephant, symbolizing the elephants that paraded in the peraheras.
The President presented the traditional gifts and awards to the artists who participated in the Perahera, and 162 awards including 07 extraordinary awards which are given only once in a lifetime were awarded. For this purpose, the Esala Perahara Trust and the President’s Office provide annual sponsorship.
Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela presented the memorandum containing the facts about the conclusion of the historical parade to the assembly led by the President.
Addressing the gathering, President Wickramasinghe commended the Diyawadana Nilame for fulfilling the great responsibility of conducting the historical Esala Perahera held in a grand manner after two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This time, the procession was held in a very beautiful and organized way, and a large number of people joined it. I am thankful to the Diyawadana Nilame, Basnayake Nilames and everyone else who organized the event. The country got the opportunity to watch a beautiful procession,” he said.
The President said holding this procession is part of the tradition of the country and a part of the country’s existence. “People from all areas gather in the city and the tooth relic is paraded around the city of Kandy asking for protection for our country. Asking for God’s protection, requesting to save this country from disaster. It is a very important tradition of our country.”
“This year’s Perahera festival is important because it is held during a very difficult time. It is a time of huge economic collapse in this country. This predicament has affected all of us. We must end this period here. There may come a time when there will be more challenges. We need to recover from all these things, we need to prepare ourselves to come forward and build a new economy for our country,” the President emphasized.
“I have no doubt that this Esala Maha Perahera held in Kandy and other religious festivals held in the country will bring us great blessings. It is a great strength and protection for us. My wish is to recover the country’s economy from this crisis. The blessings that come from these religious festivals are a great strength for it.”
“Let’s move forward with that energy. Let’s create a good future for the country. I am asking for the strength to recover our country by next year with the blessings of ‘Dantha Dhathu’ and all the gods.”
Marking this occasion, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe planted a "Na" tree in the Presidential Palace premises.
Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage, Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Members of Parliament Prof. Ranjith Bandara, Gunathilaka Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, Kandy Mayor Kesara Senanayake and others were present on this occasion.