Happy Buddha Purnima 2019: Buddha Purnima which is also known by the other name called Buddha Jayanti is the birthday celebration of the Lord Buddha. This is grandly celebrated by the Buddhists and is most sacred Buddhist festival and every year commemorated the Enlightenment and birth of the Lord Buddha.
Happy Buddha Purnima 2019
This Year Buddha Purnima 2019 is falling on Saturday that is dated 18th of this May.
The day is honored by considering the Public holiday in most of the schools and offices especially in Bihar and Nepal and the schools named after Lord Buddha.
The Birth of Lord Buddha
It is believed that the Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini which is the part of Nepal. And his birth was around the 5th and 6th century as Prince Siddhartha Gautama into a royal family. But being the Philanthropist and lover of mankind He began his quest for the enlightenment after seeing the suffering Human Race.
According to well believed and established notion he gained his enlightenment at Bodhgaya which come under the State of Bihar and falls near the Bihar’s Capital Patna. It is believed that Lord Buddha took his last breath at Kushinagar which comes under Uttar Pradesh (U.P) at the age of 80.
Buddha Purnima Throughout India
This year Happy Buddha Purnima 2019 is grandly celebrated again on his 2851st anniversary in various sites of India including Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. The festival is also celebrated in other Buddhist regions such as Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and North Bengal.
In Sikkim the Festival is celebrated namely SAGE DAWA whereas you can see a Procession carrying the holy book from Tsuklakhang Palace Monastery around town in Gangtok. The procession is accompanied by Blowing of Horns, Drums Beat and also the Burning Incense Stick throughout the procession which is also accompanied by some people dancing in the Celebration.
You can also find the festival celebration in Buddha Jayanti Park of New Delhi. The park is located at the extremes of Delhi Ridge and it is the closest to the Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
Mode of Celebration by People
You can find various celebration mode on the anniversary festival celebration. People visit Buddhist temple reciting the ancient verses. You can also find small statue of Buddha as a baby commemorating the Birth of Lord Buddha this day. The statue is placed in a Basin filled with water and marvelously decorated by beautiful flowers. As people pour more water on the statue they symbolize it as a pure and new beginning.
You can also find the Festival celebration in the form of doing some charity by giving food and money to needy poor and destitute.
The national museum in Delhi has some of the mortal remains of Lord Buddha and believed that you can find the display of his ashes and bones at the museum for public displaying.
Buddha Purnima Powerful Mantra:
OM MANI PADME HUM
This four worded mantra line possess deep meaning in it which is as follows:
‘OM’ stands for the supreme element and symbol of Generosity which controls your ego.
‘MA’ represents ethics which controls your Jealousy.
‘NI’ signifies the patience controlling your passion and desire.
‘PAD’ elaborates the Diligence and purifies your ignorance.
‘ME’ stands for the purification and renunciation which purifies your greed.
‘HUM’ signifies the wisdom and controls your aggression.
Rituals of Buddha Purnima
When you study the culture and following religions of India you will find that there different rituals which are followed by the followers of that religion. Being the symbol of peace, freedom and free thinking Buddhists also have some rituals associated with the religion.
Buddha purnima indicates calmness and also asks us to follow the simplest and most honest path which has been laid by Gautama Buddha.
- Practice meditation.
- Eat vegetarian foods.
- Wear white clothes as the Colour signifies purity.
- Recite the holy sermons of Gautam Buddha’s life.
- Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
- Pour holy water at the roots of Bodhi tree on this day.
- Worship Lord Buddha statue and offer flowers and light candles.
- Decorate the Bodhi tree with flowers, incense sticks, candles and flags.
- Buddha Purnima is about humanity, freedom and honesty. During the celebration, give freedom to the birds and animals that are caged.