Cultural Program

Celebration of Poson Full Moon Poya Day at the Somaiya Vidyavihar University on 18th June 2024

Start Date

18th June 2024

End Date

18th June 2024


10 : 00 AM

Audience Type

Academicians, Faculty, Staff, Students


Vidyavihar - Mumbai


K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies

Event Details

We are pleased to announce that the K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Mumbai, and the Office of International Affairs, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, will be celebrating Poson Full Moon Poya Day at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai on June 18, 2024.


Poson Poya Day, the second most significant Buddhist celebration in Sri Lanka after Vesak, is observed on the full moon day of June. This day marks the  occasion when Arahat Mahinda Thero, son of Emperor Ashoka of India, preached the Dhamma to King Devanampiyatissa, converting him and his retinue to Buddhism, thereby establishing Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE. In line with Emperor Ashoka's Dhamma Vijaya policy, Buddhist missionaries were sent to various countries, including Sri Lanka, where Arahat Mahinda Thero led the delegation. 


During the Poson period in Sri Lanka, various religious activities such as Sil campaigns, Bodhi Poojas, Dansalas, Poson devotional songs, Poson pandols (toran), and lanterns are organised.


The celebration at the Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai will include a religious sermon, devotional songs, Poson lanterns, and Sri Lankan cultural performances. 


Date: June 18, 2024

Time: 10:00 am onwards (only offline)

Venue: Nalanda Auditorium, 4th floor, KJSIM building, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Vidyavihar East, Mumbai 400077.


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