Prabarana Purnima today
The Buddhist community will celebrate their second largest religious festival -- Prabarana Purnima -- across the country tomorrow with due solemnity amid COVID19 situation.
The festival is also known as Ashwini Purnima that marks conclusion of the three-month-long seclusion of the monks inside their monasteries for self-edification and atonement of their defilement.
The Purnima follows a month-long preaching of sermons by Buddhist monks for the welfare of every being and the whole of humankind through a month-long yellow-robes offering ceremony that begins the day after the Purnima.
According to the legend, Buddha once clipped some strands of his hair and said that if he were qualified to attain supreme wisdom and enlightenment, the strands would not fall down but go up instead – which they did in the long run.
To mark this event, Buddhists will release candle-lit air balloons made of coloured paper (fanush) and set them free to flow towards the sky in the evening, which is the chief attraction of the festival.
The festival will be celebrated in all monasteries, respective offices of the religious organisations and educational institutions through daylong programmes.
The celebrations will begin with the hoisting of the national and religious flags atop all monasteries at dawn and the chanting of the sacred verses from the Tripitaka.
Breaking of fasts of the monks, mass prayers, blood donation, Sangadana, discussions, panchashila and pradip puja will highlight the programmes.
In the city, the main religious congregations will be held at Dharmarajika 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 will be 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 on Momin road.
A number of Buddhist periodicals will be brought out on the occasion.
Special prayers will be held in all monasteries seeking peace and prosperity of the nation and the world.
Members of the law enforcement agencies have already been deployed in and around all temples in the city and districts for the smooth celebration of the festival.