Buddha Purnima : Rituals and Celebrations


Birds are freed from cages. Fruits and clothes are distributed among the sick and abstinence is observed on eating meat.

The Bodhi tree is revered. Its branches are decorated with garlands and colored flags. Rows of lamps are lit around the tree, and milk and scented waters are sprinkled on its roots.

The rituals include prayers, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, meditation by monks and devotees, and worship of the statue of Buddha.

Offerings of incense, flowers, candles and fruit are made by believers, who prostrate several times in front of the idol.

On this Holy day the Buddhists bathe and wear only white clothes. They gather in their viharas for worship and give alms to monks.

They also reaffirm their faith in the five principles called Panchsheel

  1. not to take life

  2. not to steal

  3. not to lie

  4. not to consume liquor or other intoxicants

  5. not to commit adultery

About Buddha Purnima / Jayanti

Life Of Gautam Buddha : Nirvana, Noble and Universal Truth, Eightfold Path






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