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‘Kathin Chibar Dan Utsab’ ends

Shantimoy Chakma, Rangamati
The Daily Star, Nov 05, 2006

The two-day Kathin Chibar Dan Utsab, a major religious festival of the Buddhist community ended at the compound of Rangamati Rajban Vihar amidst religious fervor and great enthusiasm in Rangamati hill town last Friday.

Every year Buddhist and non-Buddhist devotees throng the Rajban Vihar on the occasion. Rajban Vihar Upasak Upasika Parishad organised the Kathin Chibar Dan Utsab.

Buddhists from the three hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari took part in the celebration. Moreover, tourists from all over the country and from overseas turned up in large numbers to enjoy the grand religious festival.

On the first day of the festival, Praggyabangsa Mohasthabir, head disciple of the chief monk (Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir) of Rajban Vihar inaugurated the Bain Ghar (weaving house). Chakma King Barrister Debashish Roy and his mother Aroti Roy inaugurated the spinning wheels to be used to weave the clothing material for the monks.

Shrimoth Praggyabangsa Mohasthabir delivered a speech. Praggyabangsa advised devotees to follow the Chaturcharya Sattya (four noble truths) that could alleviate the suffering of humans. He said following Lord Buddha’s preaching can help the disciples attain ‘Nirvana’. He urged the community to avoid an attitude of discrimination and malice and turn their spiritual energy to leading a peaceful life.

He also urged devotees to build mutual trust between Bengali and hill people so to maintain sustainable peace in the region.

On the concluding day, the main programmes featured sewing of chibar (the clothing material used by Buddhist monks), Buddha puja (worship), Sangadan (collective donation), handing over the chibar, religious speeches and pradip puja (lighting of candles).

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