Today is the Nikini full moon Poya Day. Many historic events including the first Sangha Council was held on such a day.
The Bhikkus who could not start to observe their ‘Vas’ retreat on the Esala full moon Poya day were able to do so on the Nikini full moon Poya Day. It was on a Nikini Full Moon Poya Day the that the first Sangha Council was held. It was officiated by Arahat Maha Kashyapa Thera. Another important event that occurred on the Nikini full moon Poya day was the attainment of Arahathood by Ven. Ananda Thera. It is on the Nikini full moon Poya Day that the final Randoli Perahera is being held. The Buddhist history indicates that a number of important events took place on the Nikini full moon Poya Day.
The Poya Day dhamma sermon at the Temple Trees was held at the President’s House in Kandy by Ven. Kiribathkumbure Seevali Thera. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was also participated. The Poya Day programme of ITN, ‘Savanak Ras’ was telecast from Ihagama, Sri Sugatha Maha Vihare in Harispattuwa. The programme consisted of religious observances including Dhamma discussions.