Raja Maha Vihara temple at Getaboruwa which is well known throughout the Sir Lankan territory is a significant sacred premises associated with not only the people of Ruhuna but also with the masses of this whole country.
        Numerous are the Buddhist temples situated in various locations of the Country. It has been a common practice to call even recently built Viharas as Raja Maha Viharas. Even such temples follow the traditional practice of conducting Perahera festivals (processions). That is a notable aspect.
        Although there are numerous temples and continuous preaching’s of the Dhamma, the society has resorted to a vain and meaningless way of life forgetting in turn our religion, dhamma and morality. Even the Triple Gem has been forgotten. They do not believe in gods or the Self Awakened One. It is during such an era that the Raja Maha Vihara at Getabaru holds its Esala festival drawing attention of the people to our traditional Values.
        Raja Maha Vihara at Getabaruwa is a Raja Maha Vihara in the real sense. There is evidence to the effect that the Raja Maha Vihara at Getabaruwa was built by king Valagamba during the time of his hiding in the Ruhuna Jungles and organizing his armies. He existing sleeping Buddha statue of 18 riyanas in length at the Vihara is a living testimony in this connection.
        In the past people from distant places came on pilgrimage to Getabaruwa on foot and climbed the hillock to pay theirs vows to the god carrying with them the “panduru mitiya” and arecanut flower with much devotion to the Getabaru deviyo during the perahera season in July, the month of the god. Even today people from villages have their faith the God in tact. Esala Perahera at Getabaruwa commences on the day the devotees of Ruhuna reach the summit of the “Getabaru Kanda” From the days of yore this festival has been a complexed process of responsibilities and not merely a procession. Customs and religions observances play a vital part in this Perahera festival held annually is the major component. This is more complexed than what you see in the Perahara. A chain of responsibilities fulfilled throughout the year is associated with the Perahera.