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Kandy Asala Maha Perahara (P/B)
Author Dr. Lorna Dewaraja
ISBN 9789556653779
Publisher VIJITHA YAPA PUBLICATIONS
Pages 28
Size 21 x 39 cm
Weight 400
Our Price Rs. 950.00
Lorna Dewaraja's book consists of 10 chapters. Chapter One gives the vicissitudes of the Tooth Relic from the time it left the funeral pyre of the Blessed One, its sojourn in India for eight centuries and its arrival in Sri Lanka in the fourth century. Chapter Two describes how the Tooth Relic became the palladium of sovereignty of the Sri Lanka rulers and as the capitals changed the kings took the Relic with them till it arrived at its final resting place in Kandy. In Chapter Three I have given an account of the Gods and Festivals in the Kandyan Kingdom and the amalgamation of the Dalada Festival with the Festival of the Gods on the orders of King Keerthi Sri Rajasingha. Chapter Four and Five briefly deals with the State and Society in the Kandyan Kingdom and the Dalada Maligava and its functionaries. Chapter Six, Seven and Eight, which form the heart of the book give an in-depth study of the preparations for the Perahara, its composition in Kandyan times and its significance and symbolism. Chapter Nine discusses the tragic repercussions on the Perahära under the British. Chapter Ten shows how the Dalada Maligava is trying its best to keep the Perahara going, retaining its sanctity, despite all the challenges it has to face due to the political and socio-economic changes of the present day. But in spite of such deviations, Ceylon is Buddhist, and has remained Buddhist through persecutions and persuasions, ravage and rewards, brigandage and bribery. R. Raven Hart, Ceylon History in Stone, 1981.



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