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Events

Special ceremonies, rituals and devotional practices are observed at the Rajbana Vihāra in order to understand and follow the Buddha’s teachings and doctrines, and simultaneously acquire merits (puññā). These Dhammika events are not characterized by Dhammika psychology such as solemn environment rather they bridge friendship among social beings through love, compassion, and affection. Besides, the festive environment remove the ignorance, impatience and cruel tendencies human have hidden inside their minds, at least for a few moments by practicing precepts and veneration to the Buddha.

The following events are performed on some full moon days at the Rajbana Vihāra.

  1. The Baishakhi Full Moon Day: This day is also called the Buddha Full Moon Day which commemorates the events of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and Nibbāna. On this day, Buddha was born at the Lumbini garden, attained the enlightenment under a Bodhi tree besides Nairanjana River, and passed away or attained the Nibbāna in a forest of Kushinagar city.
  2. The Ashari Full Moon Day: This day has several significances. On this day, the Bodhisatta took place in the womb of Queen Mahamaya from the heaven, Buddha’s great renunciation; preached his first sermon, the Dhammacakka Pavattana Sutta, at the Deer Park of Rishipatan; performed the Twin psychic powers (Iddhi) at Sravasti city; and spent a rain-retreat (Vassa) in the Tavatingsa heaven.
  3. The Bhadra Full Moon Day: It is prominently known as the Madhu (Honey) Full Moon Day. The day is remembered for the offering (Dāna) of a honeycomb to the Buddha by a monkey.
  4. The Ashwinee Full Moon Day: It is mainly known as the Pavarana Full Moon Day when the Buddha left the Tavatingsa heaven, came back to the Sangkasshoy city, and showed Iddhi to the Brahmas, Devas, human beings and other celestial beings.
  5. The Maghee Full Moon Day: The Buddha declared his own Mahaparinibbana’s date on this day.

Besides the full moon day observances there are many other Dhammika events that are celebrated at the Rajbana Vihāra at different times of a year.

  1. Celebrating Venerable Banabhante’s Birth Day: A ceremony of Venerable Banabhante’s birthday has been celebrated every year on January 8 since 1996.
  2. Sivali Puja and Bodhi Puja: Puja of Venerable Sivali, who was the   Bhikkhu (blessed by what he intends got more than his intentions) during the reign of the present Buddha in recognition of his generous donations to the Vipassi Buddha in his previous life, is observed in February of every year. In addition, veneration to the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained his Enlightenment, is performed in the same month.
  3. Bizu Festival and Bengali New Year: The last day and the first day of a Bengali year are celebrated along with protective chanting to ward off all forms of evil influence, danger and disease and attain all successes.
  4. Chimitong Puja: This Puja has been performed every year during the celebration of the Pavarana Full Moon Day.
  5. Sky-light Offerings: Special light offering take place on the Kartikee Full Moon Day.
  6. Kathina Civara Dana: The offering of special robes to Bhikkhus after the period of three months Vassa season is held between the month of the Asshinee and Kartikee Full Moon Days. According to the instructions and advice of Venerable Banabhante, the kathina ceremony has been celebrated since 1974 in the same way as shown by Visakha during the reign of the Buddha. Traditionally weaved cloths are cut, sewed and dyed on the same day and then offered to the Bhikkhus in this ceremony.
  7. Paritta Chanting: Paritta or protective chanting ceremony has been started since December 9, 2005 as being approved by Venerable Banabhnate. The chanting consists of reciting certain Suttas such as Mangala, Ratana, Metta, Atanaiya Suttas etc. by the Bhikkhus during the whole night in order to protect people from various dangers. Approximately fifty thousand laypeople attend to this ceremony at the Rajbana Vihāra. Venerable Banabhante’s disciples recite forty five Suttas during the whole night starting from 9:00 p.m. followed by 5:00 a.m. on the following morning. The Bhikkhus also perform the chanting in other places than the Rajbana Vihāra upon requests of laypeople. Venerable Banabhante says about the Paritta chanting, “If Bhikkhus recite the Suttas with perfect mindfulness and correct pronunciation and if the laypeople listen to the Suttas paying full attention and respect, both the Bhikkhus and laypeople will be benefited with well-wish, happiness and success.”
  8. Mahāsanghadāna Ceremony: Laywomen arrange the Mahasanghadana at the Rajbana Vihāra on 25th December of each year.