Dambadiwa Wandanawa Organised by the Mahamevnawa International Meditation Centre
On the 19th of October devotees from the United Kingdom left for India to venerate sacred Buddhist sites under the guidance of the resident Bhikkus of the Mahamevnawa International Meditation Centre. Together with family and friends from Sri Lanka, the group spent 12 days travelling throughout India and Nepal playing homage and collecting immense merits.
During their pilgrimage they worshipped the four important places for Buddhists ; Lumbini where Lord Buddha was born, Bodh Gaya what Lord Buddha achieved Enlightenment, Saranath (Isipathana) where the Blessed One conducted the first Dhamma sermon and Kusinara where Lord Buddha passed away.
Dhamma programmes were conducted throughout the pilgrimage, with devotees observing the eight precepts, learning Dhamma and practicing meditation.
The relics of Lord Buddha located at the Delhi museum was also worshipped. In addition, they venerated Gijjakuta where the Artanatiya Sutta was recited, Visala Nuwara where the Rathana Sutta was recited and Kammasa Gama where the Maha Sathipattana Sutta was recited. Jethawanaramaya in Savasthi, where Lord Buddha spent most time residing was also worshipped.
During the pilgrimage devotees had the opportunity to adorn the Scared Chambers where the Blessed One resided (Sugnadha Kuti) at Gijjakuta and Savasthi beautifully. Likewise the Sthupa at Saranath, Kusinara and also the Maha Boghi Temple were also decorated with flowers. Various offerings were made by the devotees at all sacred locations.
May everyone share the merits gained by these great deeds with happy and delightful thoughts! May everyone be happy! May everyone attain the bliss of Nibbana in this Gauthma Buddha’s Dispensation!