The Binara Fullmoon Poyaday religious programme of the monthly Dana, Seela, Bhavana religious programme series of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was held successfully whole day on the 16th September under the shade of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Over ten thousand devotees participated in this programme.
The devotees arrived were placed on the eight precepts at 6.00 am as usual by Rajakeeya Panditha Ven. Ankumbure Rewatha Thero. Also, the morning Buddha Pooja at 6.30 am was conducted by the venerable thero. The devotees had the break for their morning Dana at 7.00 am.
The first Dhamma Talk of the day at 8.00 am was delivered by Ven. Medamahanuwara Dhammasiri (BA Sp.) Thero. The topic was "Bhaya Bherawa Sutraya". The devotees clarified their problems on the Dhamma Talk at 9.00 am. The Layman's Discourse at 9.15 am was conducted by the retired Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. W. M. Karuanaratne (Attorney At-Law). The topic of the discourse was "Karmaya, Karmaphalaya saha Bhawa Gamana". It was commended as an enriched lecture which aroused the minds of the devotees through Dhamma. The mid day Buddha Pooja was conducted at 10.30 am. The devotees had their interval for the mid day Dana at 11.00 am.
The Jathaka Story Dhamma Talk at 12.00 noon was delivered by Rajakeeya Panditha Ven. Ankumbure Rewatha Thero as usual. Kammatthacharya Ven. Kolabisse Wimukthirathana Thero delivered the second Dhamma Talk of the day at 1.00 pm. The "Passa Chiththakathan Bimban" gatha of the Jara Wagga in the Dahammapada was the topic for the Dhamma Talk. The devotees had the opportunity to raise their questions in Dhamma at 2.00 pm. The break for the afternoon Gilanpasa was given to the devotees at 2.15 pm.
Damsabha Mandapaya Dhamma discussion started at 2.45 pm on the topic of "Kusal saha Akusal". The scholars Panditha Ven. Wellagiriye Seelasumana Thero, Mr. Waduge Karunarathne (MA) and Mr. Ratna Sri Bandara (MA) participated in this Damsabha Mandapaya. The Meditation Programme at 4.00 pm was conducted by Panditha Ven. Ipalawa Pemananda Thero. The devotees commend with gratitude that, this meditation programme held at every Poyaday programme at Mahaviharaya practically provides them with a mental relaxation.
The Bodhi Pooja, the final programme of the day was conducted as usual by Ven. Kehelwala Rewatha (BA) Thero at 5.00 pm. Offering the Gilanpasa Pooja prepared with much piousness and ceremonially delivered in a procession, this Bodhi Pooja has caused great rejoice of the devotees. After discontinuation of the precepts at 5.55 pm, the religious programme concluded successfully at 6.00 pm.
Held under the advice and guidance of Most Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero, this religious programme was coordinated by Ven. Kudaelagamuwe Gnanasiri (BA) Thero of the Bomaluwa temple.