The significance of Bak Poya is historical. It was on this religious day that Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka for the second time, according to the chronicle Mahavamsa. Lord Buddha foresaw an imminent war between two Naga Kings Culodara and Mahodara over a jewel-studded throne that made Him think of setting food on Lanka for the second time. Mahavamsa also recorded that the Buddha was accompanied by a deity in his visit. He preached his doctrine to Chulodara and Mahodara and prevented the eruption of a battle. It was also on this religious day that the Naga King Maniakkhika invited the Buddha to visit Kelaniya. Various religious programmes have been organized in almost all temples to mark this event.
The Dhamma Sermon delivered at Temple Trees on every Poya day was made by the Dharmacharya of Ananda College Colombo, the Ven. Hanguranketha Chandarathana Thera. The President, the First Lady, family members and several others were present.
ITN’s Poya progrmme “Savanak Res” was telecast live from the Jethavanarama
The Lakhanda Buddha Rashmi Poya Programme was broadcast from the Sri Sudharshanarama temple at Dunuwangiya in Bandulla.