A procession steep in tradition – the “Buddha Abhisekhara” – was held on Friday, 1 May (“Nalanda Day”) to celebrate the officiating ceremony of Nalanda Centre annex building. The procession was led by members of the Māha Sangha, and participated by a thousand guests and devotees from all over Malaysia and Singapore.
Nalanda members customarily wore their brown ‘sarong’ with white top uniforms for the procession. A Buddha statue from Nalanda Centre was placed on a wooden sedan and conveyed along the short procession route, accompanied by harmonious beats of drum and gongs, flags, parasols, and other paraphernalia. This procession is unique to Sri Serdang and usually held in conjunction with Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ every May.
The colourful and stately procession was followed by stage performances by Nalanda Dharma School students and speeches by leaders of the Buddhist community. It was a truly marvelous sight with everyone walking mindfully and gracefully, in deep reverence for the Three Jewels. Sadhu anumodana!