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     Mahanuwara (Kandy) Esala Perahera 2021 - The Kap Inauguration, Internal Perahera of Four Devales

Start Date/Time:
Sunday, August 8, 2021 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End Date/Time:
Thursday, August 12, 2021 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Traditional Convention

The annual Kandy Esala Perahera is inaugurated with the planting of the kap at the four devales of Natha, Maha Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini on the day following the new moon in Esala.


 Tentative dates of the Kandy Esala Perahera 2021.     08th August - 23rd August 2021. (Subject to change).


Date Event
08th August 2021 Kapsituvima (Planting of the 'Kapa')
09th August to 12th August 2021 Internal Perahera of Four Devales
13th August 2021 1st Kumbal Perahera
14th August 2021 2nd Kumbal Perahera
15th August 2021 3rd Kumbal Perahera
16th August 2021 4th Kumbal Perahera
17th August 2021 5th Kumbal Perahera
18th August 2021 1st Randoli Perahera
19th August 2021 2nd Randoli Perahera
20th August 2021 3rd Randoli Perahera
21st August 2021 4th Randoli Perahera
22nd August 2021 Final Randoli Perahera
23rd August 2021 Day Perahera (Water Cutting Ceremony "Diya Kepeema")



An Esala tree (the Indian Laburnum—Cassia Fistula) in full bloom at this time of the year, is supposed to be cut and its stem planted as the kap at the four devales. It has in modern times been replaced by a jak tree (Atocarpus Integrifolia) cut into four sections, one for each of the four devales. A drum tattoo from the Naha devala announces the ceremonial conveyance of the stumps to each of the devales.




Wanakku Rala Herath delivers the kap to an official of Kataragama Devale



Reaching the devale, the kap is duly planted at the allotted place in the premises facing east.




Maha Saman Devale Perahera



For the next four days the devale perahera is conducted within the devale premises. Following this first stage, the perahera goes in procession for ten days in succession over a prescribed route along the main streets of Kandy. On each of these days, the peraheras of the devales proceed to the entrance to the Dalada Maligawa, where they join the Maligawa perahera and the combined procession goes winding along the prescribed route.



Created by Web Editor On Tuesday, July 13, 2021