Buddha Purnima Festival:

Buddha Poornima is also known as Buddha Jayanti. It is the most holy festivals of Buddhist. Buddha Purnima is celebrated in memory of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha was the founder of Buddhism. This day is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. It falls on the full moon night in Vaisak hindu month, April – May. This day represents three



important events of Buddha’s life his birth, his enlightenment and his death, nirvana. Buddha Jayanti is the most holy festivals of Buddhist. Lord Buddha was the founder of the Buddhist religion and is said to be the ninth avatar of Vishnu.

Many Buddhists visit temples on Vesak to listen to monks give talks and religious Buddhists may spend all day in one or more temples. Some temples display a small statue of Buddha as a baby. The statue is placed in a hand basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. Visitors to the temple pour water over the statue. This symbolizes a pure and new beginning.

Many Buddhists pay special attention to Buddha’s teachings during Vesak. They may wear white best clothes and only eat vegetarian food on and around Vesak. Many people also give money, food or goods to organizations that help the poor, the old and those who are sick. Enslaved animals are bought and set free to display care for all living creatures as said by Buddha.

Government offices, post offices and banks are closed in India on this day. Stores and other businesses and organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher (more…)

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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


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(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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