Saturday, November 26, 2011

2nd Maha Moggallana Patha Padakhina Pada Yatra

Backdrop for the Event
Today a Mindful-Walk on the occasion of Parinirvana Anniversary of Iddhi Samattho Maha Moggallana, organized by Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed to be University), was held at 1.30 p.m.. The walk was jointly led by the Bhikkhu Sangha, students of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, and the children of  the Nalanda Heritage School. The major attraction of the event was the participation of local villagers who gathered in huge number to pay tribute to this great “Son of the Soil.”
Invitation Card

This walk was organized to facilitate awareness generation of the local community about the contributions of the Maha-Moggallana to Tri-ratna (the Buddha, the Dhamma & the Sangha).
Maha Moggallana was considered to be the left hand of the Buddha and is highly revered among the followers of the teachings of the Buddha particularly in Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. This effort is to revive the ancient Buddhist legacy based on the travelogues of 7th CE, Chinese monk scholar Xuanzang.

  


A welcome note was given by Ms. Seema Tripathi, IAS, SDM, Rajgir, and in her address, she promised to facilitate revival of the ancient glory of the place. She further added that the story and significance of the place will be published in a Nalanda Souvenir to be released next month.
The gathering was also addressed by Colonel Nehra, Director, Nalanda Heritage School. In his address he promised all help to facilitate the awareness generation. Venerable Phra Vithun Putāni, in his address promised all help to restore the place.
 
 
1- The two kilometer walk from  Nava Nalanda Mahavihara started at 1.30 p.m.
 
The Walk Started from Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

A venerable monk drumming the Peace Drum

Children of the Nalanda Heritage School



2- The Community of the Village Juafardih (ancient  Kolitgram/Kulika) ready to welcome the venerable Bhikkhu Sangha.

3-  Patha Padikhana (Circumambulatory Walk) around the ancient Maha Mogallana Stupa by the Bhikkhu Sangha and community participants.






4- Distinguished guests addressing the local community on the significance of this place.
Welcoming guests by offering the Dhamma Scarf

Chanting the Sutta to pay tribute to Maha Moggallana
Ms. Seema Tripathi, IAS, SDM Rajgir...Welcome Address

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Col. Nehra, Director, Nalanda Heritage School....we are with you!!

Ven. Panyalinkara, Chinese Buddhist Temple, Nalanda
Ven. Phra Vithun Putāni, also favorably known as "Big Baba"
Dr. Srikant Singh....giving the note of  thanks
Dr. Lalan Jha...captivated the audience by wonderful comparison...
The Ven. Bhikkhu Sangha led by Ven. Dhammajyoti
The lucky community of the village, Juafardih.....
the place where Maha Moggallana belonged to

3 comments:

SKG said...

This is the first blog I have seen on Nalanda and its Heritage. It is indeed exciting and informative. Pictures are also give to make us be with the place and the event. I congratulate you for creating such informative blog.

In my view your work is useful for the society and the place.

Deepak Anand said...

I appreciate your encouraging words,
thanks sir!

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