The Full Moon Poya Day of Medin in the Buddhist year 2558 falls today, 5th of March 2015 as per the Gregorian calendar. For Sri Lankans Medin Poya day is of importance since it is the climax of Sri Pada pilgrimage season.
It was on a Medin Poya Day that the historical Buddha visited his hometown Kapilavastu and his family with 20,000 Bikkhus as his disciples. On this occasion he ordained gis son Rahula and his step-brother Nanda. Maybe even more important, he allowed his former consort, Princess Yasodhara, to take refuge to the three gems, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This means she became a lay follower that day. She later entered the Bikkhuni order of Buddhist nuns. By the way, in the Pali Canon, the name Yasodhara is not found.
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