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.”
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.
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|
|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