Buddha Purnima is one of the significant festivals of India. This festival celebrates the birth of Gautam Buddha also known as Siddharta Gautama. He was born in 563 B.C. on the full moon day and is known as the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha Poornima Festival of India falls during the full moon day in the month of Vaisak.
Buddha Purnima Festival :
Buddha Purnima is a major Buddhist festival and is celebrated in a grand manner in places like Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), Bodhgaya
(Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and several other parts of India. The Buddha Poornima Festival of India attracts thousands of devotees from all over India as well as abroad.
Some of the common features of this festival are the prayer meets, meditation in group, sermons, processions, statue worship of Lord Buddha, religious discourses, Buddhist scriptures recitations, offering of flowers and many more.
Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya is famously known as the place where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. There is a famous temple in Bodhgaya known as Mahabodhi Temple, which is host to several religious ceremonies and processions during this auspicious occasion. Several pilgrims and visitors visit this place from different parts of India and abroad during the festival. Devotees can be seen offering candles, fruits and flowers to Lord Buddha’s statues.
Sarnath: This is another significant place where Lord Buddha after enlightenment shared his learning to followers. This place is also famous for grand celebration of Buddha Purnima. Large fairs are organized and Buddha relics are displayed to the public during the procession.
Varanasi: Varanasi is one of the most scared places for Hindus as well as Buddhists. Several religious activities and celebrations take place in Varanasi during this auspicious occasion.
During the Buddha Poornima Festival of India devotees from countries like Nepal, Japan, Korea, China, Sri Lanka, Laos, Bhutan, Thailand, Mongolia, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. come to India to participate in this festival.