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Magha Puja Day, Vaitnam

Magha Puja Day, Vaitnam

Post the first Rains Retreat (Vassa) at the Deer Park in Sarnath, the Buddha reached the Rajagaha city. Here, without seeking His permission, 1250 Arahats along with two of the His main disciples, Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Moggalana, assembled to pay their respect to Him at the Veruvana Monastery. To this assembly, the Buddha delievered his sermon, or recitation of the Patimokkha (the rules and regulations of the monastic order).

The Magh Day Puja, today, is celebrated to commemorate this event which took place early in the life of the Buddha.