today, is celebrated as the largest alms
giving festival of the Buddhist world.
Heathrow Athula Dassana International
Buddhist Vihara is currently taking part in
a Vassa (rainy season). The season lasts for
three month, at the end of this season there
is a Katina festival.
Aradhana at Heathrow Vihara was performed on
19th July 2016, on the Esala Full Moon Poya
Day by Mr. Thilak Dharmawardena & Family,
Mr. Wanniarachchige Hemachandra & Family,
Mr. Chanuka Samarakoon & Family, Mr.Sanjan
Boruppa & Family, Mr.Sumith Kuruppu, Mr.
Jagath Gemunu & Family, And Mr. Dimuthu
Nilantha & family together with the other
lay devotees of the temple.
invited Most Ven. Wanduramba Kassapa Thero
,chief Incumbent of the temple and Ven
Gonulle Assaji Thero to reside in the temple
during the rainy (Vassa) season and assured
to provide the basic requisites during the
three months from the Full Moon of July to
Full Moon of October.
rainy season in India start in July and
continues for about three months. At the
time of Buddha there were 62 religions in
India and most of these religions practised
non-violence to the extreme. During the
rainy season when monks were going out for
alms (Pindapatha), those people complained
to Buddha that the monk were threading on
the tender grass and worms and other small
creatures in the mud, thus causing harm to
them. The Buddha who respected other
religions, advised the monks to spend the
rainy retreat staying in one place, focusing
on the advancement of spiritual development
as well as for the benefit of the society.
end of the rainy season Kathina Ceremony is
held by the lay devotees to express their
gratitude to the Sanga by offering the
Katina robe and other requisites.
organising very grand festival at the end of
the observance of the Rains Retreat.
Devotees offer food to the monks and prepare
the special yellow robes that are offered to
day of the festival, before sun rising the
morning, devotees’ is carrying out special
yellow robes with special Perahera. After
this, according to the advice of monks,
devotees get together to make up the robe.
The entire cutting and sewing has to be
completed before the dawn of the same day.
When the robe is completed, the formal
Kathina offering ceremony takes place. On
5th of November will be held on “Atavisi
Buddha pooja” and on 6th of November will be
held on “Katina Maha Ceromomy “ takes place
in Heston Primary School, Heston, TW5 0RLon
05th and 6th of November 2016.