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Religious observances mark Duruthu Poya

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 10, 2020 18:50

Religious observances mark Duruthu Poya

Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day. It is very significant in Buddhist history. This Poya day is a great religious and historical day especially for Sri Lankans because it marks the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka on the ninth month after attaining Enlightenment.

It was on a day like today the Buddha arrived in Sri Lanka at Mahiyangana to calm the “Yakksha” tribe. Several important events including handing of handful of hair to God Sumana Saman who attained “Sovaan” by listening to Dhamma preached by the Buddha, took place today.  The Buddhist history has recorded that it was on a Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day that the Buddha pacified the three “Jatila” Brothers and King Bimbisara offered “Veluwanaramaya” to the Buddha.

The Savanak Res programme telecast by ITN on every Full Moon Poya Day was aired from the Kamburupitiya Horapawita Sri Vijayasunderarama Vihare.  Many Pinkamas including the offering of alms, sil campaigns and meditation were telecast centering this Vihare from the morning under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent of the Vihare the Ven. Dorowwe Gnanarathana Thera. Many devotees including State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena joined in these Pinkamas.

The Shasanaloka programme organized by the Lakhanda Radio was aired from the Kamburupitiya Horapawita Sri Vijayasunderarama Vihare. A Pinkama to present Dhamma books to Samanera Buddhist monks and a Pinkama to extend support to the parents who offered their children to the Sasana were also held.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 10, 2020 18:50