New Delhi, May 18: Scores of devotees thronged to Buddha temples on Saturday and offered prayers on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Buddha Jatanti, also known as Vesak, is the most sacred Buddhist festival. The special day is being celebrated across the country to mark the birth of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The day marks great importance every year as it commemorates Lord Buddha's enlightenment and birth. People meditate with utmost devotion and pay obeisance to Lord Buddha to mark the sacred occasion. Buddha Purnima 2019 Messages in Hindi: Vesak Day WhatsApp Stickers, GIF Images, Quotes, SMS, Photos to Send Buddha Jayanti Greetings.
In several parts of India, people have taken the dip in holy rivers. In Uttar Pradesh, devotees were seen taking a holy dip in River Ganga in Prayagraj on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Meanwhile in Bihar, devotees visited the Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi Temple. In Varanasi, people thronged in large numbers at the Sarnath temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima today. 19 Facts about the Founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama.
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On the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, political leaders greeted the nation and highlighted the importance of Lord Buddha's teachings. President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and said that Lord Buddha's message of peace; non-violence and compassion hold greater significance in today's time. "Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens and to the global Buddhist community on #BuddhaPurnima. Lord Buddha's message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today. May his teachings guide us towards universal fraternity, Kovind tweeted.
Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens and to the global Buddhist community on #BuddhaPurnima. Lord Buddha's message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today. May his teachings guide us towards universal fraternity #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 18, 2019
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the countrymen on micro-blogging site Twitter. "Greetings to all the countrymen on Buddha Purnima. I wish Lord Buddha's great messages on Truth, non-violence, mercy, compassion and peace continue to inspire countrymen," the Prime Minister tweeted. Buddha Purnima (Vesak) 2019 Date: Know Significance And Celebrations Associated With Buddha Jayanti.
सभी देशवासियों को बुद्ध पूर्णिमा की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। सत्य, अहिंसा, दया, करुणा और शांति के दूत भगवान बुद्ध के महान संदेश देशवासियों को सदा प्रेरित करते रहेंगे। pic.twitter.com/X5fPmwpSML
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2019
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also extended his greetings to the nation on this occasion. "I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of 'Buddha Purnima. Lord Buddha was one of the most illustrious spiritual leaders to have walked this earth. He preached the most profound truths", Naidu said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wished the nation on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. "Greetings & Best Wishes on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima", Gandhi tweeted.
Greetings & Best Wishes on the auspicious occasion of #BuddhaPurnima
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 18, 2019
According to beliefs, it is believed that Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and death (nirvana) of the same day i.e. on the full moon. Buddha Purnima is thus a very holy day for followers of Buddhism. Te holy day is not just celebrated in India but by Buddhists all over the world mostly in the Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and Bhutan.