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To purchase the book in Sri Lanka, visit:
Sarasavi Book Shop
24 Srimath D.B.Jayathilake Mawatha,
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
94 (11)272-2349
  Or contact:
Dhammika Swarnasinge - Kandy
No. 1B Queens Hotel Building
D.S. Senananyake Veediya • Kandy 20000
94 (81) 222 4740

About the Book

This large and lavishly produced hardcover book (measuring 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches) contains 272 pages and includes more than 300 compelling photographs. The first edition of this spectacular book is limited to just 1,200 copies. There is also a limited edition slipcase version of the book. It includes a signed 13x19 print of the elephant photo used on the book's cover. This edition is limited to just 24 sets.

The chapters include photographs, illustrations and accompanying text detailing:

  The Life and Death of the Buddha
The Sacred Tooth Relic and the Temple of the Holy Tooth
The Hindu Devales
City Life in Kandy
The Kandy Esala Perahera
The Kataragama Devale and the Kavadi
Pilgrims and Prayer
The Tourists
The Elephants

Comments from around the world...

"This book is a testament to our people and our culture. Through his dedication, Mr. Sarnacki has captured our national pageant with amazing photographs and a beautifully written text. I support this wonderful project and urge others to also."
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador to the United States of America.

"Thank you for sharing your photos and text from the Kandy Esala Perahera manuscript. I am impressed by the obvious time and energy that you have devoted to this project. The photos are stunning... Your work without question deserves to be published. Even in its current state, it already appears to be one of the finest photographic works on Sri Lanka anywhere."
Stephen C. Berkwitz, Department of Religious Studies, Missouri State University.

"AMAZING!!!! What an incredible journey! Thanks for sharing this."
Greg Fisher, Delta Air Lines

For more comments on the book and the project, please click here.

Press Coverage...

Crains Detroit: 17 years in the making, local photographer's self-published book of images from Sri Lanka sees light of day!
In his nearly 40 years as a professional photographer with clients ranging from Hallmark Cards to Compuware, Michael Sarnacki has always made time for personal projects. But none of them was as ambitious as the book he recently finished after 17 years of work, with help from Kickstarter... Read the full story here.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
"As Kandy resounds with the sights and sounds of the Esala Perahera , Kumudini Hettiarachchi speaks to Michael Sarnacki of Michigan whose love affair with Kandy from the mid-90s has resulted in a book on the story of the annual pageant." Read the full story here.

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