The event goes down in history as the first as well as the largest Perahera so far organized by the Sri Lanka Army.
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 had made all necessary arrangements for the religious and cultural events of the ‘Uduvap’ Perahera.
The procession, featuring various religious and cultural events iconic to the North as well as the South, started at Muttavely ground around 7.30 p.m. A vehicular procession from Dambakolapatuna, signifying the historic arrival of the Arhat Sangamitta Theri, joined the main perahera at the Jaffna Fort. Afterwards, the perahera paraded along the Kankesanturai road, Hospital road, Vembady junction and Palali road before reaching the temple around 10.30 pm.
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.
Religious leaders, Army officials, government officials as well civilians were present at the event to witness the spectacular procession.