The first procession paraded the streets yesterday. A notable feature was the hundreds of thousands of people who had gathered to view the procession. A large number has also arrived in Kataragama from the North and East on a Pada-yathra. The procession is being organized under the patronage of Basnayaka Nilame Shasendra Rajapaksa. The Aloka Pooja of the Kirivehera is also being conducted during the Esala Perahera. Large numbers of devotees are reported to be arriving in Kataragama daily to pay homage to the Kiri Vehera.
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