See our newest photos from Kandy Perahera 2019. They are taken at the Sri Dalada Veediya, which is the road leading from the town centre to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. To be more precisely: What you see is the street's segment near Kandy Lake in the background and the famous colonial-style Queens Hotel. The photos are taken from the side of the said hotel.
Sri Lanka's most illustrous pageant is not only celebrating Kandy's Sacred Tooth Relic, which is the national palladium of Sri Lankan Buddhism, but also including the island's four major Hindu deities protecting it and their entourage. Each god is represented by a specific colour of the decoration atop the tusker.
The ancient stairway to the hill sanctuary of Mihintale is an attraction in itself. Some of the steps are carved out of the rock, whereas most stairs are huge hewn granite slabs. The stairway has been restored using the original slabs. Such stairway served as a part of meditation paths, symbolizing a spiritual ascent. The four flights of the major stairway leading to the Middle Terrace are made up of of about 2000 granite slabs. The photo shows the second stairway leading to the Ambasthale Terrace. Both stairways are picturesquely shadowed by frangipani trees, which are called "Araliya" in the Sinhalese language. Araliya flowers are common devotional offerings in front of stupas and Buddha images in particular. The total number of steps till the top of the Mihintale Hills is more than 1000.
You can find comprehensive information on Mihintale here...
We chose to express sadness and sympathy with a short comment. Friends suffered losses in their families and neighbourhoods. The worst of the Easter Sunday terror attacks took place in Sebastian Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka,