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

Buddha

Lord Buddha

(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. (more…)

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Symbols of Buddhism :

There are many Symbols of Buddhism that may be considered by the people who follow this traditions and culture. There are many symbols of Buddhism that are also present in Hinduism but they have a different meaning for the same symbols. It is believed that Buddha did not like to use his image as a symbol. There is a mention of this fact in the scriptures where it is also mentioned that occasionally Buddha used symbols such as Wheel of Life to illustrate his teachings to his disciples.

Though Buddha lived in the sixth century BC, there are no Buddhist artifacts that are known to exist before third century BC. The archaeological evidences that portray Buddhism include the ornamental stone carvings. These stone carvings are a part of times when King Ashoka ruled the country as he had converted to Buddhism and took to spreading the religion in different parts of the world.

Buddhism Symbols

Buddhism Symbols

There are some Buddhist monasteries made of rock. These rocks have beautiful artwork that has withstood the rough weather conditions and numerous attacks over the centuries.

As Buddha was against using is image as a symbol of Buddhism, in early art symbol like Bodhi tree, eight-spoke wheel, empty throne and footprints of Buddha were used to symbolize Buddhism. These symbols of Buddhism are used till date by the Buddhist people across the world. The eight-spoke wheel is a symbol of dharma and is also known as the Dharamchakra.

The eight spokes in the wheel is the eight fold path of noble life while the three swirling segments in the centre represent Buddha, Sangha, and the Dharma. The three swirling segments may also represent three important aspects of Buddhism that is the discipline, wisdom, and concentration. Bodhi tree is the tree where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and therefore this tree is very sacred to the Buddhist people even today.

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