Hundreds of thousands of devotees participated in religious observances, marking Poson Full Moon Poya Day.
Independent Television Network’s special Poya Day programme was telecast from the Historic Sithulpawwa Sacred Area. The foundation stone for the Museum of the Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Vihare was laid in addition to the conduct of the Aloka Pooja. ITN will be telecasting live the Annual Poson Perahera from the historic Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihare from 10 o’clock tonight.
The Lakhanda Radio Buddha Rashmi programme was broadcast from the Yapahuwa Raja Maha Vihare Religious programme were organized throughout the day under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent of the Vihare, the Ven. Megammana Sirirathana Thera.
Devotees in large numbers thronged the Anuradhapura Sacred City from this morning. A large number of pilgrims joined in observing sil in the Maha Vihare precincts including the Sri Maha Bodhi and the Ruwanweli Seya. Many road barriers and security checks within the Maha Vihare premises were removed and the pilgrims were afforded the opportunity of reaching the places of worship in their vehicles. Public Health Inspectors were deployed to examine the conditions of the Dansalas and restaurants.
A large number of devotees observed Sil at Vihares and Temples in Polonnaruwa, including the historic Gal Vihare.
Many religious programmes were organized to mark this religious day.
Many devotees also thronged the Sri Dalada Mligawa in Kandy. There were Dansalas in the Maligawa premises to distribute flowers among them.
The Aloka Poja at the historic Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura was held under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne. A Pooja to offer robes to 1000 Buddhist monks was held in parallel to this event. Members of the Maha Sangha and many Parliamentarians were present. The Aloka Pooja will be held tomorrow too.
The expoisitions of Sacred Relics at the Buddhangala Vihare in Ampara commenced today under the patronage of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaka and his wife. Members of the Maha Sangha and many Parliamentarians were present.