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Kataragama Esala Perahera ends tonight

Divinity, Devotion and Dedication

The Esala Perahera of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya in Kataragama which is to be held tonight (Esala Full Moon Poya Day) will proceed along Kirivehera Mawatha in the usual manner. The water cutting (Diya Kapeema) procession will leave the Devalaya in the morning tomorrow (24) and proceed down to the river from the Valli Amma Devalaya.

All the activities of the Perahera will be completed after the completion of an event which is held on the evening of the last day. One week after the end of the Perahera, the Maha Gam Pirith will begin at the Abhinawarama Temple in Kataragama. It is the last part of the Esala Perahera as all the rituals of the Kataragama Esala Festival end with this event.

The Kataragama Esala Perahera festival which is held for nearly 15 days commemorates the marriage of God Kataragama and Goddess Valli. The first ritual of the Esala Mangalya is Kap Situweema, 45 days before the start of the first procession and a trunk of a tree called Rathkaravu is used for that purpose. Lake House is the print media sponsor of the Kataragama Esala Festival.

(Picture supplement coordinated by Wimal Karunathilake)
(Pictures by Kataragama Special Correspondent)

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