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Kandy Government Agent H.M.G. Hitisekara said the Kandy city had not yet been declared a sacred city by an act of parliament and that only a gazette notification had been issued.

Addressing a meeting to make arrangements for the Kanda Esala Perahera, he pointed out that three gazette notifications had been issued in 1997, 2001 and 2002, but not confirmed by an act of parliament. He said he would take up the issue with the relevant authorities.

Sri Dalada Maligawa Actg. Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara said the Kandy Esala festival will commence on August 20, with the first Kumbal procession and conclude with final Randoli procession on August 29 while the water cutting ceremony in the Mahaweli River at Getambe the following morning.

The police and Kandy Municipal Council were taking steps to provide security and other facilities to thousands of people including foreigners who would visit the Kandy city during the festival, he said. The Municipal Council officials said pavilions for spectators would not be allowed in the pavements around the Kandy Lake in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

The GA instructed the SLTB to provide adequate bus services to the large crowds visiting Kandy during the festival. He also instructed the health sector officials to provide medical facilities and the police to make special traffic arrangements and security to spectators who would flock to the Kandy city.

Sri Vishnu Devala Basnayaka Nilame Mohan Panabokke, DIG M. P. Peremune, SSP G.B. Ellepola and the Municipal Council officials attended the meeting, sources said. (L.B. Senaratne and J.A.L. Jayasinghe)
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  • heshan Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:08 PM

    how many places more we make sacred in this small country ?

    Sorinis Friday, 07 August 2015 09:34 PM

    First and foremost,the parliament area should be declared sacred.

    Don Saturday, 08 August 2015 12:37 AM

    Kandy is female models and Lamborghini racin city,

    mnsmart Friday, 07 August 2015 11:07 AM

    It was a sacred city until such time the politicians invaded.

    raj Saturday, 08 August 2015 01:16 AM

    Be religious and spirituals, but not to be religious fanatics. Regardless of religion, people should not use their religion for political purpose.

    Sinhaya Friday, 07 August 2015 11:58 AM

    Kandy is not a sacred city.. Anuradapura is the sacred city..

    kal Friday, 07 August 2015 06:08 PM

    Why not consider making the whole of Sri Lanka a sacred country.


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