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The Esala Perahera is held annually in Kandy to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic. It runs for 10 days, ending on the poya (full moon).
Its origins go back to when the Sacred Tooth Relic was brought to Ceylon, which was during the reign of King Kirthisiri Meghawanna who ruled at Anuradhapura from 303 to 331.
The Kandy Esala Perahera as we know it today, with the four Hindu Dewale Peraheras participating in it, has its origin in 1775 A.D. under the reign of King Kirthisri Rajasinghe.
The anuual procession in Kandy is one of Asia's most magnificent festivals. Up to 100 elephants take part in it and this year there were more than one million spectators.
This picture zooms in on one of the dancers in the parade.
No flash, lots of grains, lots of noize...SOUL power!
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- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20225)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-13
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/4, 1/13 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sri Lanka 2011
- Theme(s): Perahera 2011 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 7:11