Jake demands nothing but splendour this week, so there’s nothing for it but to give you a glimpse of a couple of magnificent perahera elephants.
First came this fellow, with his splendid tusks encased in hand-beaten brass ‘gloves’ – not to forget his splendid new led-lite regalia.
Much later, the climax of the first phase of the perahera, the gloriously resplendent Maligawa tusker drew reverent attention in cloth of gold. Carrying the sacred relic in its jewel-like reliquary, this splendid animal is flanked by two other tuskers – each carrying attendants who bless the relic chamber with showers of scented jasmine.
Other splendid entires can be viewed here.