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Today is the Navam Full Moon Poya day

Today is Navam Full Moon Poya Day. According to Buddhist traditions and literature, two utmost significant incidents took place on Navam Full Moon Poya Day. They are the appointment of Buddha’s two chief disciples - Saraputta and Moggallana. Saraputta was appointed to the prestigious position of “Dharmasenadhipathi” and Moggallana as “Dharmapuroitha” respectively. It was also on a Navam full moon poya day that Venerable Sariputta who sat fanning the Buddha while the expounded the Vedana Pariggaha Sutta to the wandering ascetic named Dighanakha at the cave Sukarakathalena situated in the Mount of Gijjakuta and on having concentrated on the sane discourse attained arahantship a fortnight after his ordainment. The holding of the first-ever Buddhist Council – meeting also took place on a Navam full moon poya day.

Many religious programs have organized countrywide in connection with the Navam poya day. National Radio will broadcast the poya day program from the Kelani Rajamaha vihara through National Service.