All You Need To Know About Bhuddha Purnima, Take A Look

All You Need To Know About Bhuddha Purnima, Take A Look

All You Need To Know About Buddha Purnima, Take A Look

New Delhi: Buddha Purnima is more than just a gazetted holiday in India. It marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha and is a Buddhist festival that's celebrated all over Indian and even in some South-East Asian countries including Nepal.

Also known as Vesak, Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti, the festival celebrates the birth 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.
Buddha Purnima is a public holiday and is celebrated in Cambodia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Australia, Canada, USA to name a few; however, in different ways.

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.

Although 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.