Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha) is held in the month of August in Sri Lanka.The Esala Perahera in Kandy is believed to be a fusion of two separate but interconnected Processions – The Esala and Dalada. The Esala Perahera which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC, was a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall. The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th Century AD.
The sacred tooth relic was taken in procession to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala & Prince Dantha. The Sacred Tooth Relic Temple continues to be the greatest Shrine that receives the utmost veneration of the Buddhist world.#EsalaPerehera #SriLanka #templeofthetooth #daladamaligawa