Buddha Purnima is a Buddhist festival which is celebrated all across India and in various countries like Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia, Australia, Canada, and the USA!
Also known as Vesak, Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti, this festival marks the birth anniversary of Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini Nepal and breathed his last in Kushinagar, India.
Sarnath near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh holds an important place in Buddhism, as Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon there to five monks. On this day, a large fair is held at Sarnath and the remnants of the Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession.
Though Lord Buddha was the founder of a new religion and is not considered a god, according to holy scriptures of the Hindus, he’s the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and a part of the Holy Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwar.
On this day, people usually wear white clothes and distribute Kheer as legend has it that a woman named Sujata had offered Gautama Buddha a bowl of milk porridge on this day.
Devotees offer prayers and pay their respect by visiting Buddha temples on this day.
Wishing you all peace and prosperity on this auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima!
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