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Sri Naga Vihara "Uduvap" Maha Perahera was held in Jaffna

[2017-12-04 16:35:40]

Jaffna Sri Naga Vihara 'Uduvap' Maha Perahera organized by the Army paraded in the streets in Jaffna yesterday night for the first time in the history. Upon the instructions and patronage of Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Commander Security Forces - Jaffna, Major General Marvyn Perera, General Officer Commanding 51 Division and Brigadier Sarath Dissanayaka Commander 512 Brigade, together with Sri Lanka Police, Government Institutes and donors made all necessary arrangements for the religious and cultural events of the 'Uduvap' Perahera.

The procession consisting various religious and cultural events which are specific to the North as well as the South, started at Muttavely ground around 7.30 p.m. on 3 December 2017 and paraded along the Kankesanturai road, Hospital road, Vembady junction and Palali road before it reached the temple around 10.30 p.m.

School children of Jaffna and Kandy, dancing academies of Jaffna and Kilinochchi, members of Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Army presented various dancing performances in the procession. Traditional dancers, drummers and decorated elephants in honour of the Sacred Relic of the Sri Naga Vihara were seen in the procession. Tusker 'Raju' of Balangoda carried the casket to the temple and it was received by the Commander Security Forces Jaffna and placed at the Mandapa.

Clergies of all four religions, Mr. N Vethanayaham, the District Secretary - Jaffna and senior government and private sector officials were present at the event to witness the spectacular procession on Sunday evening.

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