Written by Staff Writer
24 Dec, 2015 | 9:31 pm
Today is Unduvap Poya day, the last Full Moon Poya Day.
The chronicles say that the Bhikkuni Sasana or the Order of Buddhist Nuns was established on a day like today.
To mark the final poya of the year, Buddhists across the world engage in ‘Amisa’ and ‘Prathipatti’ pooja ceremonies. Many important events of the Buddha Sasana took place on Uduwap Full Moon Poya Day.
The Chronicles says that King Devanam Piyatissa had made a request from King Dharmashoka to present the country with a sapling of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
Today commemorates the arrival of Sangamitta Theri in Sri Lanka with a Bo sapling from the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in India during the month of Unduwap. After landing here and delivering this precious gift, she was responsible for establishing the Bhikkhuni Sasana during the month of Unduvap.
Senior Lecturer of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Ven Nawalapitiye Anuradha Sudhammika Therani stated that the sapling of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was planted at the Maha Mevna Gardens after a large procession proceeded to Anuradhapura.
He added that the arrival of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi sapling to the country impacted both the male and female natives in the island, resulting in major cultural developments.
He went on to note that this Poya can be considered as one that enabled them to become better citizens.
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