To the beat of the Duruthu Perahera

Bathed in the glow of the Poya moon, the annual Kelani Duruthu Perahera was held in all its splendour attracting large crowds as it wound its way around the precincts of the Kelaniya Rajamaha Vhare.

The Randoli Perahera on Tuesday was held once again due to the improved security situation after a lapse of five years. The historic Kelani Duruthu Perahera has its origins in 1927, when it was instituted largely thanks to the efforts of philanthropist Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helena Wijewardene.

The grandest pageant in the low country, it is second only to the Esala Perahera in Kandy. Here Times photographer Sanka Vidanagama captures some special moments…

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