Today is the Esala Full Moon Poya Day. It was on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day the Buddha arrived at the deer park of Isipathana to preach Dhamma to Ven. Kondangna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji, the five ascetics. The Buddha delivered His first discourse Dhamma-cakka-ppavattana Sutta to them. At the end, the eldest Kondangna Thera attained the first stage of sainthood. Esala Full Moon Poya is very important in the Buddhist calendar. According to Buddhist history, many significant events had taken place on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day.
Many religious programs have been organized throughout the island in connection with the Poya day.
The religious observances being conducted at the Neluwa Koswatta, Mawita Viharaya will be broadcast live by the Sinhala National Service of SLBC today.