Kohomba Yak Kankariya. Most of the Sinhala ritual dances have their legends called Uthpaththi Katha The Story behind the Kohomba Yak. Historypose of the Kandayn danceAccording to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which is also known . Kohomba Kankariya was first enacted in Sri Lanka during and , at Jayawardenapura, Kotte. The ritual of God Kohomba, which ought to have been.

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Leave this field empty. Thereafter, King of Malaya named a Local Prince called Kohomba to perform the same ritual in this country and he returned to his country.

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The vannama dance tradition has seven components. Upon meeting Kuveni, Vijaya falls in love with her and Kuveni betrays her tribe to unite with Vijaya, and her tribe is massacred by Vijaya and his followers. In order to achieve this, he got down a South Indian princess and banished Kuweni and her two children, to a place called ‘Lankapura’ Grief stricken Kuweni assumed the form of a Tiger and tried to kill Vijaya.

Preparation for the ritual commences three months in advance and each step of the preparation is performed with veneration. But there are other kohombw of thought; after the arrival of the King of the flower, he brought down four brothers and they assumed various comic guises, at which King Panduvasudeva laughed his wits out and he was said to have been cured.

The Vannam’s however have lyrics that are sung in tune with the movements of the dancer. There the Sakra asked from his pantheon of Gods, who could bring down the prince of flower to Lanka.

The elaborate ves costume, particularly the kohojba, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity Kohomba.

Rahu assumed the figure of a Wild boar, one of the Avataras of Lord Vishnu and kanlariya to Malaya country of India, where the prince of flower lived. They were aligned to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera procession held each year by the temple.

According to legend, the origin of this ritual dates back even to King Panduvasudeva’s era in which it was born. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.


The ritual consists of more than 30 discrete dance forms including drumming, chanting, group dancing, dialog and drama, sometimes mixed with comedy.

Its name kankarija from the uddekkia small lacquered hand drum in the shape of an hourglass, about 7. The king with his army chased behind the wild board up to Hantana in Kandy. Articles needing cleanup from May All pages needing cleanup Cleanup tagged articles without a reason field from May Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from May Commons category link from Wikidata. However, the cost of Kohomba Kankariya is substantial. The king was said kohkmba be suffering from a recurring dream in which a leopard was directing its tongue towards the king, believed to be as a black magic of “Kuweni” the first wife of the king “Vijaya”.

The name ‘Male Rajuroowo’ prince from flowers in Sinhala is derived form this episode. The first such donning of ‘Ves’ in a school was Kingswood College, Kandy.

King Mayala then agrees oohomba perform the Shanthi karma kohombq ritual to cure king Panduwasdeva kkankariya his illness. His successor King Panduwasdeva however is afflicted by the curse and dreams of Kuveni in the form of a Leopard, whereupon he becomes seriously ill.

Hence, it becomes the finest and the most complete Kandyan Dance in its original form. Thereafter, a fire is lit and the pot the dancers carried is dashed on the ground to do away with any malefic influences known as the evil eye. It is said that the kavi poetry sung to music for the eighteen principal vannam were composed by an old sage named Ganithalankara, with the help of a Buddhist priest from the Kandy temple.

Like ‘Gam Maduwa’ rituals, Kohomba Kankariya ritual is performed to ensure freedom from diseases, invoke blessings and for the people to live in prosperity. King of Malaya or Prince born out of a Flower having agreed, performed various rituals including. Then “God Sakra” appeared before the King and told him that it was a mere trick performed to get him down to Lanka to cure the Divi Dosha of King Panduwasdeva.

He also informed that a prince born out of flower is living kan,ariya Uruwel a province, in India. The whole combination of the head dress is called the ‘Ves Tattuwa’. He entered the Royal Garden called kankzriya and completely destroyed it.

It is normally enacted before New Year or during that period. The wild boar crossed the ocean at a place named ‘Thuththukudi” and went up to Hantana mountain, and there kankariiya turned into a rock. King Panduwasdeva is duly cured, and King Mayala assigns a local prince Kohomba to perform the ritual in future.

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This ends the Kankariya. Sakra suggested that the only way the King of the flower could be brought into the island, was by means of Rahu, the Chief of the Asura tribe. Naiyandi dance Dancers in Naiyandi costume perform during the initial preparations of the Kohomba Kankariya festival, during the lighting of the lamps and the preparation of foods for the demons. All this work precedes the final performance itself.

Vijaya and Kuveni marry according to ancient tribal rites, and they have two children, a son and daughter named Jivahatta and Disaala.

Legend says that if a female wears the headgear she will have a lot of bad luck or be ill. This is a graceful dance, also performed in Maha Visnu Kkohomba and Kataragama Devales temples on ceremonial occasions.

As a result of this ritual King was cured. The dance in its traditional form is still performed each year at the Dalada Perhahera in Kandy. They believe that she had casted a charm over Vijaya to win him over, as well as his followers. Some believes that this “Malaya rata” was located in India. Even though originally only males were allowed train as dancers, there are now several schools which also train women in the Kandyan kohokba form.

Today, the costume of the Ves dancers, as they are called, consists of exactly half of jankariya finery, 32 in number, and is in silver as they are not royalty. The word vannam comes from the Sinhala word varnana ‘descriptive praise’.

Kohomba Kankariya – an awesome Kandyan Dance Ritual with deep roots in Lankan Legend

This scenario forms the base and koho,ba surrounding sequences are acted in various manner using diverse symbols, accompanied by rhythmic drumming and miming. The dancer wears a white cloth and white turban, beadwork decorations on his chest, a waistband, rows of beads around his neck, silver chains, brass shoulder plates, anklets, and jingles.

Uddekki dance Uddekki is a very prestigious dance.