The beginning of the Bhikkuni Sasanaya was recorded on a Binara Full Moon Poya Day emancipating the world’s womankind.
The Buddhist chronicles say that the Buddha accepted the request made by his step mother Prajapathi Gothami through Ven. Ananda Thera. Five hundred ladies led by Maha Prajapathi Gothami were ordained into the order under the condition of ‘Ashta Garu Dharma’. This Poya Day falls within the Vas retreat. The Poya Day Dhamma Sermon conducted on every full moon Poya Day at the Temple Trees on a concept of the President was delivered by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and other dignitaries were amongst those who participated in the occasion. The Poya Day programme of the ITN ‘Savanak Ras’ is being telecast from the Sri Saranankararama Temple in Makandura. Our representatives say that religious programmes are being held in all areas of the country marking a religious resurgence.