Significance of Medin Poya
On this day, the Significance of Medin Full Moon Poya, has fallen during on the full moon in March. The Medin Full Moon Poya Day is also one of the greatest Significance Poya days out of all Poya days. Therefore it marks several important events in the Lord Buddha’s life. On this poya day Buddha’s arrival at Kibulwatpura for the first time after enlightenment. Performed the “Yamamahapelehara” to break the pride of his relatives. King Suddhodana’s worship for the third time. Princess Yasodara, Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, and the ordination of her son Rahula and Prince Nanda. preached the Four Noble Truths (Chathurarya Sathya) to King Bimbisara were some of the important events that took place on this day.
Arrival at Kibulwatpura for the first time
This Poya Day is significant in Buddhist history because it was on this day that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, after leaving the Royal Palace, made his first journey to Kimbulwathpura as the “Samma Sambuddha.” This was the seventh year following the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his first visit to the City as the Buddha.
On a day like today, the Buddha traveled from Veluwanaaramaya to Kimbulwathpura with a retinue of 20,000 disciples to meet his father King Suddhodana, relatives, and friends from the Sakya clan. King Suddodhana had arranged a beautiful temple in a park named Nigrodha for the Buddha and his retinue of bhikkhus to reside. It was called the Nigrodharamaya.
Yamamahapelehara procession to break the dignity of relatives by the Lord Buddha
With the arrival of the Lord Buddha at Kibulwatta for the first time after his enlightenment, Yamamahapelehara set out to break the dignity of his relatives.
King Suddhodana’s worship for the third time
King Suddhodana’s worship for the third time, of Lord Buddha, took place on this poya day.
Preaching Sadakiduru Jatakaya to Goddess Yashodhara
Preaching Sadakiduru Jataka to Goddess Yashodhara with the first visit of the Supreme Buddha to Kibulwattapura after enlightenment. Princess Yasodhara said this in a series of stanzas which are known as the Narasiha Gatha. Prince Rahula walked behind the Buddha asking for his inheritance and they reached the temple together.
Prince Nanda and Prince Rahula ordained as a bhikkhu
At the temple the Buddha asked one of his chief disciples, Agra Sharavaka Sariputta to ordain the little Prince. As a result, Prince Rahula became the first Samanera or novice bhikkhu.
However, Prince Rahula ordains without his mother’s or grandfather’s knowledge. When King Suddodhana heard about the ordination he requested the Buddha not to ordain minors (young children) without the permission of their parents or guardians. The Buddha agreed to the King’s request. Later, bhikkhu Rahula became an Arahath.
On this visit, Prince Nanda, the son of Mahaprajapathi Gothami and the Buddha’s step-brother was also ordained as a bhikkhu.
Preached the Four Noble Truths to King Bimbisara
The Gautama Buddha preached the Four Noble Truths (Chathurarya Sathya) to King Bimbisara at the Veluanaramaya in Rajagaha on a Medin Poya day.