Purnima: Members of the Buddhist community
celebrate their biggest religious festival Buddha
Purnima in the country on May 4 with
great religious fervour. This festival marks
the advent, enlightenment and departure (nirvana)
of Lord Gautam Buddha over 2,500 years back.
On this holy day, Buddha was
born as Siddharta Gautam in Kapilavastu in around
563 B.C, got supreme enlightenment at the age
of 35 (528 BC) and finally attained nirvana
at the age of 80 (483 B.C) at Kushinagar. This
festival is celebrated in all monasteries and
offices of the Buddhist religious organisations
as well as various educational institutions.
Recitation of the sacred verses from Triputak and breaking of fast by the monks, mass prayers,
blood donation, sangadana, discussion, panchashilla
and pradip puja are the other highlights of
the programmes held on this day.