75th Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera

page1.jpg (20548 bytes)The last day of the 75th Annual Durut-hu Maha Perahera will be held today at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. The historic Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera had its origins in the year 1927, due largely to the efforts of that great Philanthropist Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helena Wijewardene Lamathani and fath-er of late Mr. Upali Wijewardene founder of Upali Group.

This Religious Cultural pageant has evolved over the years to permanent position as the country’s most elaborate and grandest low country pageant in its category.

The Dayaka Sabha has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the success of this Historic Religious Pageant much revered by all Sri Lankans. Meticulous attention has been paid to all details with the objective of perpetuating the traditional rites, ritual and customs long associated with this magnificent pageant including the participation of traditional dancers, caparisoned elephants and colourful parades, which have always made this event a night of all nights. The Perahera will commence with the handing over the relics casket to Chief Basnayaka Nilame, Shalitha Wijesundera by the Viharadhipathi, Ven. Dr. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkita Nayaka Thera. The relic casket will be carried 3 rounds around the temple Udamaluwa by Basnayaka Nilames Shalitha Wijesundera, Dhammika Attygalle and Dr. Rohan Wijesundera.

The Perahera will commence at 9.30 p.m. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe President of the Dayaka Sabha will be present.