The day marks the birthday of Gautam Buddha (born in Lumbini, Nepal) who later became the founder of Buddhism. According to the Vedic literature, Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Lord Krishna (Vishnu) and thus, he appeared on this earth some 2500 years ago to teach the message of mercy and non-violence towards all living beings.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the countrymen on Budh Purnima.
Extending his best wishes, the President said, “Lord Buddha guided humanity towards nobility in thoughts and actions. His timeless message of non-violence, fraternity, love and compassion provides us the strength to work for the welfare of the people. Our Constitution also takes inspiration from the teachings of Lord Buddha and emphasizes equality, justice and liberty for all citizens. Let us infuse our thoughts, words and deeds with the teachings of Lord Buddha and follow the path towards universal fraternity.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted the nation on Buddha Purnima. He tweeted, “The teachings of Lord Buddha are extremely relevant in the 21st century. His was a life devoted to alleviating suffering and removing injustice from society. His compassion has endeared him to millions. Buddha Purnima greetings to everyone!”
Also popularly known as Buddha Jayanti and Vesak, the sacred festival is celebrated all around the world across various countries in different ways. People visit the holy shrines of Lord Buddha and offer him prayers on this day. In some countries, people also release birds, insects and animals as an act of “liberation” to spread Buddha’s message as a ritual.
The festival of Buddha Purnima is of great significance for the entire world as the message of Buddha reached various parts of the world. The message of Lord Buddha was spread to many countries like China, Burma and Japan and people started adopting his teachings. On the day of Buddha Purnima, pilgrims from various countries visit the holy shrines of Buddha, his Birth Place and the Mahabodhi Tree.