Today is the Navam Full Moon Poya Day. Several events significant to the Sasana had taken place on this day.
This day is of special significance to the Buddhists as the Lord Buddha proclaimed for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts before a gathering of monks at the Veluwanarama. It was on such a religious day that two leading disciples of the Buddha, Sariputta and Maha Moggallana, entered the order and the Buddha announced that within three months his Parinibbana would be taking place.
Religious observances are being held in all temples to mark this religious day. The Navam Perahera of the Gangarama paraded the streets last night. President Rajapaksa placed the relics casket on the tusker before the commencement of the Perahera. Chief incumbent of the Gangarama temple, the Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera also participated in the occasion. The final perahera is now parading the streets.
The Dhamma sermon organized at Temple Trees on every Poya Day was held today. The sermon was delivered by the Ven. Meegaswewe Somaratana Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Gangula Siri Parama Visuddharama Vihare in Panadura. President Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and family members as well as a large gathering were present.
Meanwhile, ITN aired its Poya day programme “Savanak Res” live from the Sri Sudharmarama Raja Maha Vihare at Batagalla in Pujapitiya, Harispattuwa. Religious programmes were telecast since early morning. Poya Day programmes of the Lakhanda Radio are also being broadcast from the premises of the Welle-Devala Vihara at Unawatuna in Galle.
Electronic equipment has been gifted to the Museum of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Samsung Lanka contributed to this pinkama. The Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilak Dela and Officials of the Company were present.