Buddha Purnima, marking the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha is being celebrated across the country today.
On this auspicious occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind said Lord Buddha’s message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today.
Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens and to the global Buddhist community on #BuddhaPurnima. Lord Buddha’s message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today. May his teachings guide us towards universal fraternity #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 18, 2019
In a Twitter message, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Lord Buddha was one of the most illustrious spiritual leaders who preached the most profound truths. He said that Buddha’s eternal message of non-violence and compassion continues to inspire humanity.
I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of ‘Buddha Purnima’. Lord Buddha was one of the most illustrious spiritual leaders to have walked this earth. He preached the most profound truths. #BuddhaPurnima pic.twitter.com/gUj6eDl7zi — VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) May 18, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too greeted the people on the occasion, he said that his teachings of truth, non-violence, compassion, and peace will keep inspiring people.
सभी देशवासियों को बुद्ध पूर्णिमा की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। सत्य, अहिंसा, दया, करुणा और शांति के दूत भगवान बुद्ध के महान संदेश देशवासियों को सदा प्रेरित करते रहेंगे। pic.twitter.com/X5fPmwpSML
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2019
Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Day or Buddha Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha and is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists both in the entire world
While observed by Buddhists and some Hindus in Asian countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, and Bhutan via his teachings and compassion; in India, it is celebrated as the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
For the Buddhists, every full moon day is auspicious but the most important one is the full moon in May as all three major events of the life of Buddha took place on this day in different years
According to legends, Prince Siddhartha was born at Lumbini Grove on the full moon day in May. After that, he attained enlightenment under the shade of the Bodhi Tree and became Gautama Buddha on the full moon day of May as well. Lastly, after years of teaching about truth, he passed away on the full moon day of May as an octogenarian.