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.
Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha
Meanwhile, the Lord Buddha after realising the Four Noble Truths and became attained Enlightenment at Buddhagaya.
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.
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.
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.
Receiving constant commentary
Receiving definite commentaries from the Deepankara Lord Buddha
Arahant Ananda came to Pirinivan
Arrival of Prince Vijaya
Arrival of Prince Vijaya and his entourage in Sri Lanka.
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
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.