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Buddhists commemorate Poson, introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka

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By ITN News Editor June 27, 2018 20:06

Buddhists commemorate Poson, introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka

Today is Poson full moon Poya day, the day that commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda Thera.

Poson commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.The main centre of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the mission headed by the Arahant Mahinda including Itthiya, Utthiya, Sambala and Bhaddasala Theras preached the first sermon to the ruler King Devanampiyatissa, at Anuradhapura, thereby setting in motion a series of events that eventually made Sri Lanka the home of Theravada Buddhism.

With the establishment of Bhikku Sasana, all other elements of a civilized society began to emerge with the art of writing, art, architecture, river civilization, religious rituals in song and dance forms and literature, all with royal patronage.

The Lankan community was able to stand alone without being indebted to any culture in the world purely because of the light of Buddha Dhamma received on Poson Full Moon Poya, a day like today. For Buddhists, this hallowed day of Poson is second only to Vesak in terms of importance.

Devotees countrywide are engaged in religious observances giving prominence to Aamisa and Prathipatthi Poojas.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 27, 2018 20:06

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