Kataragama Esala festival begins today.

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The annual Esala Perahera of the Historical Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya will be held today on a grand scale. At the auspicious time of 7.45 p.m., the Perahera is due to commence amidst the chanting of Seth Pirith, parading around the Ashtapala Bodhiya and will exit through the Wahal Kada Door of the Devalaya.

It would then proceed along the main street and arrive at the Walli Amma Devalaya, where traditional rituals would be observed and return on the same road and enter the Maha Devalaya. This brings to the end of the first day’s Perahera.

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