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Significance of Vesak Poya

Significance of  Vesak Poya

Significance of Vesak Poya – වෙසක් පොහොය දිනයේ වැදගත්කම්!

On this day, the Significance of Vesak Full Moon Poya (Pali: Vesākha, Sanskrit: Vaiśākha), also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Day, and Buddha Puṇṇamā has fallen on the first full moon in April or May.

The Vesak Full Moon Poya Day is one of the greatest significance Poya day out of all Poya days. Therefore it marks three important events in the Lord Buddha’s life. The birth of Siddhartha, attained enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Lord Buddha took place on this Poya day.

The Birth of Siddhartha

Over two thousand and six hundred years ago, during on this Poya day, the last birth of Lord Buddha took place at Lumbini Sal Garden. Meanwhile, the Prince Siddhartha had walked on seven Lotus flowers which was emerged instantly before him.

The Birth of Siddhartha
Lumbini Sal Garden

Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha

Meanwhile, the Lord Buddha after realising the Four Noble Truths and became attained Enlightenment at Buddhagaya.

Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha

Parinirwanaya of Lord Buddha

The Lord Buddha preached the Dhamma for 45 years. At the age of 80, the Buddha spend his last moment on the couch placed between two Sala trees in the Upavattana Sala grove. Meanwhile, he attained Parinibbana on a Vesak Poya Day.

Parinirwanaya of Lord Buddha

Visit of the Lord Buddha to Kelaniya for the third time

As a result, after accepting the invitation of Naga King Maniakkhika, the Lord Buddha has visited Kelaniya for the third time in the eighth year of his enlightenment. Meanwhile, Buddha also was visited Solosmasthana.

Visit of the Lord Buddha to Kelaniya for the third time

Marking footprint of the sacred left foot of the Lord Buddha in Sri padaya

Meanwhile, at the invitation of Goddess Sumana Saman, the Lord Buddha ascended to the Sri Padasthana and placed the sole of the left foot on the Sri Padasthana. During the end of the Vesak Poya day, the peace of the Sri Pada pilgrimage comes to an end. It will begin again on the next Uduwap Poya day.

Sri Padaya

Receiving constant commentary

Receiving definite commentaries from the Deepankara Lord Buddha

Receiving definite commentaries from the Deepankara Lord Buddha

Arahant Ananda

Arahant Ananda came to Pirinivan

Arrival of Prince Vijaya

Arrival of Prince Vijaya and his entourage in Sri Lanka.

King Devanapathissa

Second consecration of King Devanapathissa.

Ruwanweli Maha Seya

King Dutugemunu inaugurates the Ruwanweli Maha Seya on this poya day.

Maha Viharawansika Upasampada Festival

Commencement of the annual Maha Viharawansika Upasampada Festival

International Holiday

In 1999, Lakshman Kadirgamar came up with a proposal to the UN General Assembly to make Buddhist Poya day, Vesak Day an international celebration day. As a result, on December 15, 1999, the United Nations declared Vesak Poya Day as an International Holiday.

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