Written by Tharushan Fernando
21 May, 2016 | 7:39 pm
Of all Poya days, the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day is of utmost significance as it marks three major events in the life of Lord Buddha. It was on a day like this that the birth, enlightenment and the Parinirvana of Lord Buddha took place.
Over two thousand and six hundred years ago, the last birth of Bodhisattva took place at Lumbini Sal Park on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day. It is said that the newborn child had walked on seven Lotus flowers which emerged suddenly before him.
After coming into direct contact with the stark realities of life, Sathara Pera Nimithi – a sick man, a decrepit old man, a corpse and a monk – the prince was determined to become an ascetic.
One peaceful Vesak night, as he was seated under a Bo tree at Bodh Gaya, he attained Enlightenment- and became Sammasambuddha.
According to Buddhist history, Buddha’s third visit to Sri Lanka also took place on a Vesak Full Moon Poya Day. Buddha visited Kelaniya at the invitation of the Naga King Maniakkhika of Kelaniya.
He rested on the couch placed between two Sal trees in the Upavattana Sal grove and attained Parinirvana on a Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.
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