Buddha Purnima is celebrated by devotees of Gautam Buddha worldwide, commemorating his birthday. The festival falls in the Hindu month of Vaisakha on the day of full moon. Also known as Vesak or Buddha Day and Buddha Jayanti, this year, the festival falls on 30 April. It is also believed that It is believed that Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment and passed away on the same day. In Theravada Buddhism, it is also observed as the day Buddha, born as prince Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563-483 BCE), attained Nirvana (salvation) under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, and as his death anniversary.
Buddha Purnima Significance and Importance
Buddha Purnima is a big festival celebrated with great fervour in countries like Sri Lanka (where it is called Vesak), Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia, though celebrations vary from country to country.
Over the years, Buddha Purnima has turned as a social, religious, spiritual and cultural festival. Some of the events organized on this day include Bodhidroom Mela, Sutrasraban, Sutrapath, Ashtasheel, Panchasheel, religious speeches and discussions on the Buddhist scriptures, meditation, worship to the Buddha statues, processions and prayer recitals. In fact, the celebrations often last for over three days to one week.
Bodh Gaya wears a festive look on the day of Buddha Purnima. Lakhs of devotees are seen pouring at this most popular site. The statue of Buddha is bathed with holy waters and worshipped, honoured and celebrated in several ways.
Celebrations & Activities on the Day
Buddhists worship Buddha with flowers, incense, fruits and candles. Usually dressed in white attire, Buddhists refrain from eating non-vegetarian food The statues are given holy bath with holy waters. Buddhists undertake a lot of charity works on this day including distribution of money, food and other utilities to the needy. Kheer is considered as one of the most auspicious porridge on this day. The statue of Buddha is placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. People visit temples to symbolise this day as a pure and new beginning.
Take advantage of the opportunity, follow these measures-
To give the invitation to Goddess Lakshmi to your home, light the lamp of pure cow of pure cow on the Peepal tree on full moon day.
To solve every problem related to Saturn, pour water on Peepal in the morning of Purnima, light a diya of mustard oil in the evening.
Do Kanjak puja to end future problems.
Do not eat meat on this day.
10 Lessons From Gautam Buddha That Will Help You Win At Life
1. “Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.”
2. “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”
3. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
4. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
5. “You only lose what you cling to.”
6. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
7. “Physical charms attract the eyes, goodness attracts the mind.”
8. “Just as on a rubbish heap swept up on a main road a purely fragrant, delightful lotus might there spring up, even so amidst those rubbish heaps (of men) does the savaka of the Perfectly Enlightened One outshine in insight the blind puthujjana”
9. “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
10. “A jug fills drop by drop.”
Wishing you all a very Happy Buddha Purnima 2018!