It is the custom of fire three rounds of shots before the commencement of the pageant.
At the first sound the processions of the four devalas line up and move to join the procession of the Maligawa.
The second sound indicates that the casket is placed in the Ranhilige on the ceremonial tusker.
The third sound indicates that the pageant is set off. When the casket is carried it is a tradition to hold palm leaves over the casket.