Buddhists celebrate Prabarana Purnima

15/10/2019

To mark Prabarana Purnima, the Buddhists release candle-lit air balloons made of coloured paper (fanush) and set them free to rise towards the sky in Chittagong on Sunday, October 13, 2019 Focus Bangla

 

The Buddhist community has celebrated their second largest religious festival, Prabarana Purnima, in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country with due solemnity.

The festival is also known as Ashwini Purnima that marks the conclusion of the three-month-long seclusion of monks inside their monasteries for self-edification and atonement of their defilement.

The purnima follows a month-long preaching of sermons by the Buddhist monks for the welfare of all beings and the whole humankind through a month-long yellow robes offering ceremony that begins on the day after the Purnima (full moon).

According to the legend, Buddha once clipped some strands of hair from his head and said that if he was qualified to attain supreme wisdom and enlightenment, the hair would not fall down but go up instead, in the long run which they did.

To mark this event, the Buddhists in the evening released candle-lit air balloons made of coloured paper (fanush) and set them free to rise towards the sky which is the chief attraction of the festival.

The Purnima was celebrated in all monasteries, respective offices of the religious organizations and educational institutions through daylong programs.

The programs began with the hoisting of the national and religious flags atop all monasteries at dawn and chanting of the sacred verses from the Tripitaka.

Breaking of fasting of the monks, mass prayers, blood donation, Sangadana, discussions, panchashila, asthashila and pradip puja were highlighted the programs.

In the city, the main religious congregations were held at Dharmarajik Bouddha Bihar, International Bouddha Temple, Kalachandpur Bouddha Bihar, Uttara Bouddha Bihar, Adibashi Bouddha Temple in Mirpur and Ashulia Maithree Bhabona Kendra.

In Chittagong, the religious congregations were held at different temples, including Nandankanan Buddhist Temple, Katalganj Nabapandit Vihar, Shakkymuni Mohasashan Bouddha Vihar at Agrabad, Purnachar International Buddhists Monastery at Devpahar and Sarbajanin Bouddha Vihar at Momin road.

Special prayers were held in all monasteries seeking peace and prosperity of the nation as well as global peace.

Members of the law enforcement agencies were deployed in and around all the temples in the city and districts for the smooth celebration of the festival.

 

Source: https://www.dhakatribune.com/

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