Buddha Purnima is one of the major festivals of Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddha Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Vaishakh. This year, the festival of Buddha Purnima 2023 will be celebrated on May 5, Friday. Buddha Purnima is also called ‘Vesak’ in many places. Actually, the word Vesak is directly related to the Hindu month of Vaishakh. The festival of Buddha Purnima is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India, China, Nepal, Thailand and Japan. Know about the importance of Buddha Purnima, worship method and some famous teachings of Lord Buddha-
Buddha Purnima 2023 Date and Timings
Buddha Purnima 5 May 2023, Friday.
- Purnima Tithi starts: 11:44 p.m on May 04, 2023
- Purnima Tithi ends: 11:03 p.m on May 05, 2023
What Is The Importance and History of Buddha Purnima
Buddhists spread all over the world celebrate the festival of Buddha Purnima with great pomp and show. Buddha Purnima 2023 is associated with three major events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Let’s find.
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Birth of Gautam Buddha
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was born on Vaishakh Purnima, about 2500 years ago, at Lumbini near Kapilavastu, the house of King Suddhodhana of the Shakya dynasty. Some astrologers had already predicted Siddhartha’s renunciation from the materialistic world, but Shuddhodhana made several attempts to prevent him from becoming a ‘sanyasi’. That’s why Siddhartha’s marriage was also done very early. He became a father at a very early age too. Once when he was out of his palace due to some work, he came across the sorrow, illness, pain and death the world is facing. He had a lot of questions in his mind, so he decided to take renunciation of worldly pleasures and materialistic life to find answers to these questions.
Siddhartha Attained Enlightenment
It is believed that Siddhartha left home at an early age to find answers to his questions. Wandering continuously for many years, he met many divine sages and spent time with them, but he could not find answers to his questions. Proceeding on his journey, he was sitting in a trance under a tree near Bodh Gaya. That day was also Vaishakh Purnima. On that very day, he got the knowledge that leads to salvation and the knowledge to understand the cause of the suffering of the people. Even today, people go to Bodh Gaya on Buddha Purnima 2023 to seek the blessings of Lord Buddha.
Salvation of Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima 2023
After attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha taught and imparted knowledge to many disciples. He named his knowledge the middle path. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. These teachings are known as the ‘Dham Chakra Parivartan’. Later, at the age of 80, on the day of Buddha Purnima, that is, Vaishakh Purnima, Lord Buddha left his body.
How to Worship Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima
The biggest celebration of Buddha Purnima is conducted in Bodh Gaya. There is a special significance in visiting and worshipping the Bodhi tree on this day. If you are worshipping Lord Buddha at home, clean the statue or picture of Lord Buddha. Offer fruits, flowers and naivedya to Lord Buddha. Take a pledge to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha. You can chant some Buddhist mantras on this day. Most of the famous Buddhist mantras in India are given by Tibetan gurus. You should also give special gifts and food to the poor on this day.
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Know Teachings of Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima 2023
Some special teachings related to the life of Lord Buddha must be adopted by every human being. That can be our biggest tribute to him on Buddha Purnima 2023. Some of his famous teachings are:
- Treat everyone as your own. Do not induce violence on yourself or on others.
- All kinds of battles can be won by conquering oneself.
- Killing animals and consuming their flesh is a grave sin.
- It is more important to continue the journey than to achieve the goal.
On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, we all should try to move ahead in life by imbibing these teachings. DevDarshan family wishes you all a very happy Buddha Purnima!
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