Buddha Purnima is being celebrated across the country

RSTV Bureau
Gaya: A view of the Mahabodhi temple, illuminated with lights on the eve of Buddha Purnima, at Bodhgaya, in Gaya district, Friday, May 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Gaya: A view of the Mahabodhi temple, illuminated with lights on the eve of Buddha Purnima, at Bodhgaya, in Gaya district, Friday, May 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)

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.

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.

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.

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.