Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Posted by Kanchana Mallawathantri on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in ancient sri lanka Buddha Buddhism hill capital Hills Kandy kandy perahara must do must see Sri Lanka Top 10 traditional video what to see when to go where to go | Comments : 0
Keeping to my topic this month, Kandy, here are a few interesting videos about Kandy's most popular attraction and what is the most sacred place in the Buddhist world, the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Each year in July or August (the exact date depends on the lunar calendar), one of the largest religious processions in the country takes to the streets of Kandy. This is called the Esala Dalada Perahara. Its origins date back to the 3rd and 4th centuries, and is a fusion of two separate processions, one to mark Esala Day and the other which is the Dalada Perahara. More information on this can be found here - http://daladamaligawa.org/ratnasinghe.htm , a very detailed description of the Kandy Perahara.
I have found the below videos to be of good value for those who may show an interest in going to Kandy. For those of you who wish to attend the 2013 event, here is a schedule I found online for the dates and times of each of the events the Perahara starts on the 11th Aug 2013 and Runs until the 21st Aug 2013, with separate events each year.