Buddha Purnima is celebrated worldwide by the followers of Gautam Buddha on his birthday and falls in the Hindu month of Vaisakha on the day of the full moon. Also known as Vesak or Buddha Day and Buddha Jayanti, it will be celebrated on May 10 i.e. on Wednesday, this year. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion and highlighted the importance of his teachings. “Today people are remembering the ideals of Gautama Buddha and his noble thoughts will continue to guide generations,” Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter. “Gautama Buddha inspires people to work towards a harmonious, just and compassionate society,” he added.
History of Buddha Purnima
Buddha was born on this day around the year 563 BCE in Lumbini, which is now Nepal, according to a report published in The Indian Express. The report further added that after his birth, an astrologer named Asita visited Suddhodana, the king and father of Buddha and he was then named Siddhartha. The astrologer predicted that the prince will give up his wealth after growing up and to become a holy man or will become a great king, depending upon what he sees outside of the palace.
The concerned king ensured that his son is not exposed to the travails and difficulties of the real world but when the prince turned 29, he stepped outside the palace and he saw and understood the suffering and pain of the people.
Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima. pic.twitter.com/wCFP9zUezc
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 10, 2017
Significance of Buddha Purnima
After realising the pain of an elderly, an ailing man, a corpse and finally a holy man who seemed at peace, he decided to give up on the royal life and follow the path of spirituality. Buddha Purnima is celebrated in India, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and more. On this day, devotees wear white clothes, pray, meditate and chant from the scriptures and offer sweets to Buddha idols.
May the message of Lord Buddha inspire us to follow the path of truth & compassion #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) May 10, 2017
Vesak Muhurat Timing
According to drikpanchang.com, Vesak muhurat timings or the Purnima Tithi begins at 01:07 a.m. on May 10 and ends at 03:12 a.m. on May 11.
In his message today, President Mukherjee said that Lord Buddha is a resplendent symbol of lofty idealism and concern for humanity. “The messages preached by Tathagatha, of compassion, non-violence and equality serve as beacon-lights for humanity in its path towards spiritual emancipation,” President Mukherjee said. “Lord Buddha’s profound teachings of equality, love, kindness and tolerance are of increasing relevance in the present times,” he added.