Today 12th February, also marks the starting of the auspicious miracle month 'Çhomtrul Daw' as it was during the first fifteen days of the first month of the lunar year (From 12th February to 13th March 2021), all the miraculous deeds of Lord Buddha took place in the Jetavana Grove of Sarawasti. Hence, all the merits earned during these fifteen days will be multiplied by hundred thousand times.
When the Buddha attained the age of 50, the six kings of the Maras (Mutigpa) stood on their last last chance to challenge the enlightened one on miraculous deeds. The followers of the Buddha believed to have told the Mara King that the power of glow worms would not match with that of suns rays. The Mara Kings were however determined to challenge the Buddha on miraculous powers which the latter accepted for the benefit of sentient beings
Buddhas miraculous deeds
Buddhas miraculous deeds that occurred from 1st to the 15th of the first month:
Day one of the first month. Buddha Sakyamuni in the presence of eighty thousand retinues of the Buddha and eighty thousand retinues of the Mara Kings, planted his tooth cleaning stick in the ground that immediately grew into a huge tree covering miles and bore flowers and fruits in the gust of wind. The fruits swayed and yelled the sounds of the dharma in all directions. He won the first challenge.
On the second day, on each sides of the Buddha, grew precious gems the size of mountains. The sight of the two previous gems brought contentment to the sentient beings and liberated them from Samsara.
On the third day, the water in which the Buddha washed his feet poured out immediately a lake was created that spread to fifty miles wide and emitted incense odours. All those who washed in and drank water from this lake were liberated.
On the fourth day, the lake flowed in all directions and the sound of the water turned sounds of dharma. All those who heard this sound were liberated.
On the fifth day, golden rays emitted from the Buddhas mouth and spread in all directions of the universe. The beings in the realm of the three hells were liberated.
On the sixth day the members of the Buddhas retinue acquired the power of reading each others minds.
On the seventh day, the Buddha transformed into the universal monarch and liberated his retinues to the Pure land of nirvana.The kings of Mara were left helpless.
On the eight day, five gins emerged from the seat of the Buddha with ferocious thundering sounds. The gins then destroyed the seats of the Mara kings. The Buddha Vajra Pani (Chana Dorje) appeared carrying flame dagger that was poked in the Mara Kings heads. Then a terrible cyclonic wind prevented them from escaping and drowned them, and many of their retinues. About sixty thousand of the retinues then took refuge in the Buddha and were eventually liberated. These were the eight miraculous powers against the Maras.
On the ninth day, the Buddha grew so big that his head reached the Brahma realm(Tsang pai Jigten) and preached the dharma to the Brahmas
On the tenth day, Buddhas body reached the realm of the highest realm ( Heaven beneath None) and preached the dharma to the beings in that realm.
On the eleventh day, the Buddha attained the rainbow body, but his teachings were continuous by his disciples of both devas and maras. This enhanced the happiness of all beings.
On the twelve day, the Buddha sat in deep meditation and thousand of rays from his body spread in all directions. All those touched by the rays were liberated.
On the thirteenth day, from the Buddhas cord emitted countless rays. At the top of each rays was a Buddha image which then preached the Dharma to the universe.
On the fourteenth day, King Utrayana and his queen offered flowers to the Buddha, which then spread into the sky like clouds. On each of the flowers sat a Buddha that preached the dharma in all directions.
On the fifteenth day,the followers of the Buddha in the human realm saw the suffering in the hell with their eyes and attained realization.
These supernatural powers performed from the first to the fifteenth of the first month benefited all sentient beings by attaining liberation from samsaric sufferings. So the first month is called month of the miraculous powers (chhom thruel dawa) (tsele 'Natsho Rangdrol, 1979).