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.