2577th Birth Anniversary of Gautama Buddha

by Shatika, May 4, 2015

Buddha Purnima Festival

Buddha Purnima festival is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Vaishakha to commemorate the birth anniversary, Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana (death anniversary) of the Gautama Buddha. The birth name of the Gautama Buddha was Siddhartha who later became a great Buddha and was called as Gautama Buddha. He became a great spiritual teacher and founded Buddhism. Buddha Purnima is celebrated in different countries with different names such as Swanyapunhi in the Nepal, Vesak Day in the Singapore, Hari Waisak in the Indonesia and Visakha Bucha Day in the Thailand.

Buddha Purnima Celebration

Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Kushinagar and Sarnath has become the most important pilgrimage sites for the Buddhists as these places are deeply attached to the life of Gautama Buddha. The day of celebration of Buddha Purnima varies from year to year. It is celebrated every year on the full moon day in the month of April or May.

Variety of social, cultural and religious events and ceremonies like prayer meetings (including Panchasheel, Sutrapath, Ashtasheel, Sutrasraban), fair, Bodhidroom Mela and lots of activities are arranged by the Buddhists for three or more days to specially celebrate this event. Holy books, magazines and other reading materials are distributed by the Bhuddhist organizations among people.

People go to temple and offer holy water to the statue of Buddha and then worship by offering flowers, incense, candles and fruits and perform rituals. The Buddhists while preaching the teachings of Lord Buddha, get together, eat and distribute kheer. They offer food, clothes, money, gifts or other useful things to the priests and poor.

Buddha Poornima is a festival that is not only auspicious to the Buddhists but also to the Hindus because according to the holy scriptures of the Hindus, he’s the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

In India, women adorn traditional sarees for all religious ceremonies, spiritual gatherings and for visiting temples. Buddha Poornima is one such occasion when all Buddhist women and women of Hindu faith can wear their sober and elegant traditional sarees. Shatika has a wide range of Kosa silk sarees considered pristine for such occasions and also a range of elegant looking cottons from across the country.

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