Sinha Raja’s jumbo dress: Playing dressmaker to the elephants – By Kamanthi Wickramasinghe   Source : dailymirror Stitching the dress for Sinha Raja, the sub leader of the elephant troop at the Dalada Maligawa, is a dream come true for Sasanka Alwis Edirisuriya. Sinha Raja is the main elephant that parades the day pageant (peraheral), the final pageant following the completion of five Kumbal and five Randoli pageants. It is during this pageant that the Relics Casket is carried from the Gedige Viharaya back to the Dalada Maligawa. ” Edirisuriya said that many of her school friends who are overseas have been generous enough to donate money in their capacity for her cause; especially during the lockdown period” “Initially I was employed as a primary school teacher, but I have always had an interest in creative work,”Edirisuriya said in an interview with the Daily Mirror. “I wanted to do dress designing and ...

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Kandy Esala Perahera Source : sri Lankan Group of Radio 4EB is pleased to present its Newsletter “Dæhæna” for August 2022 The Kandy Esala Perahera organised by Sri Dalada Maligawa is a festival held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This year it will be held between 2 August to 12 August. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of traditional local dances such as fire dances and performances in whipdance garments. The festival ends with the traditional Diyakapeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy. https://kandyesalaperahera.com/ , https://en.wikipedia.org/ ...

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Ceremonial Tusker “Nedungamuwe Raja” bids adieu By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Well-known as one of the most revered tuskers in Sri Lanka, Nedungamuwe Vijaya Raja, the majestic “Maligawa Tusker”, popularly known as “Nedungamuwe Raja” who played a significant role as the Sacred Casket Bearer of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) passed away on March 7, 2022 morning at the age of 69 years due to natural causes.  The Tusker was provided a state funeral by the Government of Sri Lanka as he was considered a national treasure during his lifetime. The Tusker was named “Nedungamuwa Raja” as its owner was living in Nedungamuwa. President Gotabaya Rajapakse has also instructed to preserve the Tusker’s body as a taxidermied corpse of the majestic animal, similar to the taxidermied corpse of the former Maliagawa Tusker displayed in Raja Museum adjoining the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Nedungamuwe Raja was ...

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Maha Maluwa (Great Terrace) – steeped in history and legend  By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Maha Maluwa (Great Terrace) is an open park area located in front of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy, the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka visited by hundreds of pilgrims as well as local and foreign tourists daily.   Maha Maluwa is steeped in history and legend. Initially, Maha Maluwa was the threshing ground of a large paddy field (this paddy field was later converted as the Kandy Lake). According to folklore, when King Wimala Dharmasuriya I (reign 1592 – 1604) consulted astrologers to select a site for his capital, they advised him to select this threshing floor which was frequented by a Kiri Mugatiya (white mongoose – Ichneumia albicauda) as the site was considered a very auspicious place. During the Kandyan Kingdom, many historical and religious events have taken place at Maha Maluwa. ...

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Ran Ayuda Mandapaya – majesty and grandeur of Kandyan Kingdom By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Situated within the premises of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy, Ran Ayuda Mandapaya (Golden Armoury) also known as Ran Avuda Mandapaya is believed to be the place where the crowns and swords of the Kandyan Kings had been designed, moulded and bejeweled during the Kandyan Kingdom.     The building is an epitome of Kandyan architecture, Sri Lanka’s glorious history, culture and civilization.  Ran Ayuda Mandapaya had been constructed in 1592 during the reign of King Wimaladharmasuirya I (1590 – 1604). It had been renovated by King Senarath (1604 to 1635), King Rajasingha II (1629 -1687) and King Wimaladharmasuirya II (1687–1707). This building had been one of the first buildings that had been adjoined with the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) Complex. Due to foreign invasions the building had been damaged ...

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Taking a walk along the Kandy Lake-BY MANDIRA WIJERATHNA Source:Sundayobserver Cultural heritage is the most intriguing factor of a country that captivates the attention and attraction of the outside world. It portrays the identity of the motherland and influences the first impressions of visitors from other lands. Cultural heritage is a replica of history. It enables us to time travel to the history of great civilisations and live there for a moment. The museums, archaeological places, sacred religious places, and ruins of ancient cities, kingdoms, and civilisations show the evolution of mankind, in terms of achieving higher intellectual levels, and absorbing new religions and beliefs. The relics and ruins have the exotic power to reflect flashbacks of memories that drive you back to history. Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean beholds its fame and pride for unique cultural, historical, and religious heritage which demonstrate the identity of the ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 15th Nov – 5th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Lankan family in distress impresses Aussie community. By Aubrey Joachim Positivity is the Key – By Des Kelly & Pfizer & Biontech Say Early Tests Show Coronavirus Vaccine More Than 90% Effective Sri Lankan- born quadriplegic Doctor Dinesh Palipana named Queensland’s 2021 Australian of Year Sri Lankan- born quadriplegic Doctor Dinesh Palipana named Queensland’s 2021 Australian of Year Kamala Devi Harris and the destiny-changing coconuts from Chennai – by NARAYANAN V Quadriplegic Gold Coast spinal doctor is Queensland’s Australian of the Year FOND FAREWELL – CAPTAIN VANDERSTRAATEN – by Capt Elmo Jayawardena St. Anthony’s College, Kandy Class of 1999 Reunion Kid talent does Sri Lanka – and Sri Lankan cuisine – proud! – By Aubrey Joachim Are you constipated?-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Wales Park ...

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Royal Palace of Kandy – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom is located to the north of Dalada Maligawa. It was the royal residence of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1798-1815), the last reigning King of Kandy as well as Sri Lanka. The palace dates back to the 14th century. King Wickramabahu III (1357-1374) and King Senasamatha Wickramabahu (1469-1511) of the Kingdom of Gampola constructed the palace. King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592 – 1603) was the first king to occupy the Palace. Each king who resided in the Royal Palace made improvements to the structure of the Palace. The original palace walls were burnt during wars between foreign invaders and the Kandyan Kingdom.  The Palace was renovated during the Kandyan Kingdom after the wars without alterations to its interior. Royal Palace Complex included the Royal Palace (Raja Wasala), Royal Audience Hall (Magul Maduwa – hall where the king ...

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