The traditional ceremony to inform the Head of the State on the successful completion of the historic Esala Festival took place at the President’s House in Kandy in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (30) .
The Sannasa (Scroll of Memorandum) on the successful conclusion of the Perahera was handed over to President Sirisena by the Actg.Diyawadana Nilame (Chief Custodian) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) Pradeep Nilanga Dela. The Sannasa formally announce the end of the Annual Sri Dalada Festival to the President and that the Perahera was held successfully in keeping with the age old traditions.
According to the traditions, Diyawadana Nilame accompanied by the Basnayaka Nilames of the main four Devalayas reported to the Head of the State of the successful completion of the annual Esala Perahera of the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the four Devalayas just after the Day Perahera.
President Sirisena extended his profound thanks on behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to all those have involved in the conduct of the Dalada Perahera in such grand splendour and its successful conclusion.
After handing over the Sannas Pathraya, the President and the Nilames entered the shrine room and made offerings to the Lord Buddha. The President also posed for a group picture with them.
A traditional ceremony was held under the patronage of the President to present awards and certificates of appreciation to artistes who participated in the Perahera.
First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena, Central Province governor Surangani Ellawela, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, President’s Secretary P.B.Abeykoon, Myor of Kandy Mahendra Ratwatte were present on the occasion.