Probarona Purnima today
Published: 01:56 PM, 20 October 2021
Probarona Purnima; Photo: Collected
Probarona Purnima, the second largest festival of the Buddhist community, is being observed today (Wednesday, October 20) with due religious fervor and enthusiasm. It is also known as ‘Ashwini Purnima’.
The word ‘Probarona’ comes from the Sanskrit language. The Pali form of the word ‘Probarona’ is ‘Pobarona’ - means ‘forbidding’, ‘completion of education’, ‘fulfillment of desires’, ‘satisfaction of hope’, ‘acceptance in the right way’, ‘acknowledgment of faults’, etc.
In all, Probarona means accepting the true and good deeds by rejecting the untruthful and unskilled deeds.
The ritual of Probarona is self-purification and accepting the true and the beautiful by rejecting evil. After the attainment of Gautama Buddha, Ashwini celebrated the festival of Probarona at the end of the three-month rainy season from Ashari to the date of the full moon. Since then, the day has been solemnly celebrated in Buddhist culture.
From Wednesday, a month-long Kathin Chibar Dan festival will be held in every Buddhist monastery in the country. Another festive aspect of Probarona Purnima is the lifting of lanterns.