To purchase the book in Sri Lanka, visit:
Sarasavi Book Shop
24 Srimath D.B.Jayathilake Mawatha,
Dhammika Swarnasinge - Kandy
No. 1B Queens Hotel Building
D.S. Senananyake Veediya • Kandy 20000
94 (81) 222 4740
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
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
The Kataragama Devale
and the Kavadi
Pilgrims and Prayer
Comments from around
"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
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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
the full story here.