Kelani Perahera from today

  • 10 Jan 2006 00:29:12 GMT

    Dear Vagabound,

    Have you seeing how these elephants are marching in the Perehara, how they move their heads at the drum beat. How proud they look with colorful dresses and lights. They are not human, but well behave than human. They hold the `Karaduwa` (sorry..I don`t know the English word) representing Buddha, God Vishnu, Vibishana and Katharagama. You must see the beauty....

    Without treating these giant animals properly, no one would compel them to march in a Perahara. Normally Perehara takes arround 3-4 hours and it takes another 2-3 hours to decorate them, so they have almost 16 hours to sleep. And remember elephants sleep while standing.

    If you are so passionate with the animals, first make a voice to stop the bull fight, horse races.....

  • 10 Jan 2006 11:48:10 GMT

    Vagabond ta pissu !! hodatoma... this man is crazy... should be sent to pinnavala !! its pointless explaining to him. he only sees the dark side.. too much star wars on the TV

  • 10 Jan 2006 16:12:10 GMT

    Newbie, waruna & Srimal111

    Thanks for the details now I am so glad that these elephants are not ill-treated.

    Srimal111

    What happened to Angoda? have they closed it? Have they opened a new one in Pinnavala? Please let me know.

  • 10 Jan 2006 16:38:30 GMT

    Newbie or anyone else,

    whats the main difference between this and the kandy perahera.

    I have been to the one in kandy many moons ago and it was a fantastic sight.

  • 10 Jan 2006 17:39:08 GMT

    Tamilcanuck:

    Kelani Perehara commemorates the religious significance of Lord Buddha`s visit to Keliniya. Celebrate this event annually during January (Duruthu Poya). There are three pereharas and the lat pereraha held on Jan full moon day.

    The purpose of Kandy Perahara is to demonstrate the Scared Tooth Relic and conducted annually during Asela (July).

    Enjoy some pics:

    http://www.sridaladamaligawa.lk/sinhala/perahara_in5.html

  • 10 Jan 2006 17:48:01 GMT

    Ceylon was known as the country of elephants, now it counts less than 300 elephants in the entire island ...

    Who killed them ??

    Elephants are of our days more a buisness than a national jewels.

    Cage them in Colombo`s Zoo for your profit !!

  • 10 Jan 2006 18:10:32 GMT

    What has really surprised about the Elephants are that why some of them have 5 legs. I do know that animals usually have 4 legs and humans 2 legs but Elephants just seem to have 5 legs.

  • 10 Jan 2006 18:15:49 GMT

    Kural:

    Yes. You are right; a lot of elephants were killed in the past.

    But, the numbers you are providing here is totally crap. Don`t guess the numbers and post in public forums without knowing the facts.

    Current elephant population is estimated to be around 3500. Okay...let assume during last few years, 3000 elephants were killed, and still your numbers are wrong.

    This is all about elephants in SL, have fun.

    http://www.lankalibrary.com/wlife.html

  • 10 Jan 2006 18:25:14 GMT

    Thank you newbie for the info.

  • 10 Jan 2006 18:32:29 GMT

    Ruwani

    I have seen elephants with 5 legs as well.

    Have you also seen donkeys with 5 legs? I have.