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Published on : Friday, February 5, 2016
Kelaniya Perahera attracted nearly five hundred thousand local and foreign visitors to Sri Lanka. Also called Duruthu Perahera, the event successfully concluded at Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya on Jan 22.
Duruthu Perahera is one of the important cultural rituals taking place annually in Sri Lanka.
The perahera was officially commenced by handing over the sacred casket of relic to Chief Basnayake Nilame, Dhammika Attygalle by the Chief incumbent Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangarakkitha, under the guidance of the President of DhayakaSabha Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe.
Three devala peraheras namely, Lord Vibhishana, Lord Vishnu and Lord Kataragama were followed by the scared relics.
Visitors qued in front of the temple from early morning to witness this grand event.
Large number of tourists from various countries visited to enjoy the event. They were enthralled by historical, cultural and traditional events.
This year Kelani Perahera supported to increase the foreign earnings through ticket sales.
The foreigners were facilitated with comfortable roofed seating arrangements, delicious food and beverages.
The origin of the perahera goes back to 1927 when Don Walter Wijewardene started it. Duruthu Perahera conducts in Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya which is the place where the Lord Buddha presented at his 3rd visit to Sri Lanka. This has huge potential to attract foreigners who love Sri Lankan culture and tradition.