The ‘Probarona Purnima’, one of the third largest religious festivals of Buddhist community was celebrated at Rangamati Rajban Bihar on Sunday. Meanwhile, Upasak Upasika Parishad (UUP) of Rajban Vihara took different religious programmes including Pancha shila prayer by devotees, asthaporikkhara dan, sangha dan, hazarbati dan, buddha murti (statue) dan and releasing of sky lanterns.
In the morning, a religious programme was held where devotees from different Buddhist communities living in the hill district such as Chakma, Marma, Tanchangya and Baura joint it. Chief Abbot of Rajban Bihar venerable monk Pragga Lanker Mohasthabir was made his sermon at the gathering.
Basically, the festival is observed every year in same way at different Buddhist monasteries in Chittagong Hill Tracts after completion of three-month rain treat (Barshabas) by the monks. From the Bengali month of Vadra, the monks go for three-month long rain treat and they could not go far away from their respective monastery where they were staying permanently and pass night in other monastery within this period.
Thousand years ago, Lord Gautam Buddha launched this ritual for the monks during rainy season to save them (monks) from various natural disasters like snake biting, cyclone, nor’wester and flooding while moving from one place to another as they had to faced it before the beginning of ‘Barshabas’.