Today is the Nikini full moon Poya day. It is of special significance for Buddhists due to a number of incidents that took place on this day.
Attainment of Arahatship by the Buddha’s chief attendant, Ananda Maha Thera, commencement of the first Dhamma Sangayana, convocation to settle the Buddhist canon and “Pasu Vas” or the commencement of the “Vas” period by those who had not started the period of sojourn on the Esala full moon day are some of them. For Sri Lankans this day is more significant due to the world famous Kandy Esala Perahera which normally ends on a Nikini Full Moon Poya day. Special religious observances including Dana and Seela campaigns are being held in temples throughout the country to mark the day. The special dhamma sermon held at the Temple Trees was delivered by Ven. Naranpanawe Ananda Thera. First lady Shirnthi Rajapakse, Ministers and Parliamentarians participated in the occasion. The ‘Savanak Ras’ Poya day programme of the ITN was telecast from the Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Vihara in Kandy.