Bangladesh Buddhist Association

Modhu Purnima

The Madhu Punnama is of historical importance because of the fact that a great schism developed between the two groups of Bhikkhus at a monastery at Kosambi (modern Kosam) in Allahabad. The Buddha having failed to pacify the quarreling monks, retired to a forest whire he was entertained with fruit and honey by a wild elephant and a monkey. Some scholars believe that the schism at Kosambi sowed the seed of dissension in the Buddhist Sangha which later paved the way for division of Buddhism into two great schools: the Hinayana and the Mahayana. Among other festivities, honey is offered by Buddhists to the monks in commemoration of this significant event in the Buddha’s life.