Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera 2014


The Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera will be held on 12th, 13th and 14th January 2014. The Historic Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera had its origins in the year 1927, due largely to the efforts of that great Philanthropist late Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helana Wijewardene Lamathani.

The Perahera will commence with the handing over the relic casket to Chief Basnayake Nilame, Dhammika Attygalle by the Viharadhipathi, Professor Dr. Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkita Nayake Thero. Uda Maluwa Perahera will be on 12th January. On 13th & 14th January perahera will be conducted around the Kelaniya Sacred city.

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. Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, the most sacred temple in the Western Province of Sri Lanka since Lord. Buddha’s sojourn here during his 3rd historic visit to Sri Lanka celebrates this event annually in the "Duruthu Poya" during January by conducting a historic, traditional and cultural pageant, the "Kelani Perahera". Whilst the Kelani Perahera commemorates the religious significance of Lord Buddha’s visit, it also supports and revives Sri Lanka’s cultural traditions of drummers, dances, singers, caparisoned elephants and colourful parades, which have always made this event a night of all nights.

The Dayake 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.

The Perahera will commence at 8.00 pm. This year too a special effort is being made to focus on Tourist eager to acquaint themselves with the majesty and splendour of Sri Lanka’s cultural facets such as this Historic Perahera.


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