INDIA FESTIVAL BUDDHA PURNIMA




 
Buddha Purnima

   

Month: May
Celebrated on: Full Moon of the Baisakh/Vaisakh month
Reason of Celebration: To commemorate birth, attainment of knowledge, and the death of Lord Buddha
Significance: Thrice-blessed day for the Buddhists
Special Events : Fair at Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha




Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is marked as the most important day, commemorating the three most significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha that occurred on the same day. His birth, enlightenment and death (nirvana), all happened in the month of Vaishak, on a full moon night in April/May. Thus, this makes the day - called Buddha Purnima Festival or Buddha Jayanti Festival- all the more sacred for Buddhists. Buddhism went on to become a very popular religion in the subsequent centuries and even went abroad. It was on Buddha Poornima that he attained enlightenment and ultimately after preaching the five principles of life and the path of eight-fold truth for long, he attained 'Nirvana' or left the mortal world on this day itself. Thus, Buddha Jayanti celebrates the three most important events in Gautam Buddha's life. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Bodh Gaya in India to participate in the Buddha Poornima celebrations that highlight prayer meets, sermons and religious discourses, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions and worship of the statue of Buddha. The celebration of Buddha Purnima is not only a festival but it is reminds us of Buddha's teachings of life. Pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. The day has a special significance not only among Buddhists but also among others. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colorful flags and flowers. The day is marked with prayer, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, meditations, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, processions, worship of the statue of Buddha and symposia. Pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. The day is marked with prayer meets, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, worship of the statue of Buddha and symposia. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colourful flags and flowers. Celebration of this festival has been recorded by the Chinese scholar, Fa-Hien.
 

Rituals and Celebrations

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