The Theravada Buddhist Community across Arunachal on Friday observed the auspicious occasion of Satang Chaley popularly known as Madhu Purnima with traditional fervour and gaiety. Madhu Purnima announces the greatness of charity.
Satang Chaley is celebrated to commemorate of the service and support rendered by the animals of the Parilyeyok forest to Gautam Buddha. While Buddha was observing his 10th Varsha Vaas or monsoon rites in the Parilyeyok forest, an elephant and a monkey collected alms and gathered fruits for him. They also protected him from ferocious animals. Their help made it possible for Buddha to observe the rites with ease. One day the monkey brought a beehive, which Buddha accepted. In his joy at the Buddha’s acceptance of his gift, the monkey started jumping from tree to tree and suffered a fatal fall. It was the day of the full moon in Bhadra. The day was named Madhu Purnima or ‘honey full-moon’ to commemorate the gift of the monkey.
Apart from celebrating the greatness of charity the day is significant for its role in establishing unity among Buddhists. This festival teaches the lessons of charity, service and unity that are essential for human life. It is necessary to have mutual tolerance to establish unity. Sacrifice and service bring about changes in both humans and animals.
The Theravada Buddhist Society Itanagar observed the day with mass prayer for world peace and harmony. Special discourse by scholar Kesang Aryadhamma on observance of Satang Chaley and community feast were the other highlights of the day.
On this day, lay Buddhists devotees offered Buddha with honey and fruits. A joyous atmosphere prevailed in all Viharas on the day.