Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Photo Gallery: Sri Lanka and the Kandy Esala Perahera

High in the central mountain region of Sri Lanka, surrounded by lush tropical forests, lies the city of Kandy. It is here that a relic of the great Lord Buddha is worshiped in the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Pilgrims come from across the country to make sacrifice and pray at the temple. Annually for the past 600 years a magnificent religious festival has taken place in Kandy. For ten consecutive nights hundreds of drummers, dancers, torchbearers, and elephants walk through the streets of the city in Sri Lanka’s most sacred procession and renowned national pageant.

In July 1995, American photographer Michael Sarnacki made his first trip to Sri Lanka to document this spectacle. That first journey was followed by ten more trips over the following fifteen years. During these pilgrimages he photographed, researched, and wrote about this historic event and documented the lives of the people of Kandy. This extended effort is now presented in the form of a beautiful book and a breathtaking exhibition

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The Photographs

From the thousands of images made over the years, a select number of photographs have been printed and assembled for display. This collection of inspired photographs is astonishing, delightful, and spiritually moving. Exhibitions are being planned in the United Sates, Canada, China, select cities in Europe, and of course Sri Lanka.

I also made a few panoramic images which can be found here. [Requires QuickTime.]

Ordering Photographs

All the photographs in the book or on this site are available for sale in the following sizes: :
     13x19 (paper size): $250*  17x22 (paper size): $350*  32x40 (paper size): $750*
    (*plus shipping to your address)

To place your order, select a photograph and note its order number (such as SL05) and then contact us by phone or email.
     Phone: 001 (248) 541-2210     Email: michael@sarnacki.com

For the dates of upcoming exhibitions of some of the book's photos, check the News page.

Please feel free to contact us to find out more.
Proceeds will be used to complete the work on this project

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