Ceremony of planting 'Kap' (auspicious post)
After accomplishing preliminary organizational matters, the initial item of importance is the planting 'kap' at the auspicious time computed by Nakthrala. 'Kapa' means post or dedication. It is to customary to lay a foundation stone or post whereever an important work is launched. The main objective of planting a 'Kapas' in the Maha Devala's on traditional rites and rituals symbolize the protection of the personnel involved in the perahara activities from any obstruction or unseen hazards, by gaining the blessings of the Devas of the 4 Maha Devalays’s. Because of its importance a series of rites and rituals have accumulated.