Buddha Purnima is one of the important festivals celebrated in Hinduism and Buddhism culture. It is the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha and is the annual festival celebrated by people belonging to the Buddhist community. Every year the festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Baisakh month according to the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar. This year the festival will be celebrated on 7 May 2020 across the country. Lord Buddha is the one who founded the Buddhism religion. In Hindu culture, Lord Buddha holds great significance and some people consider him as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
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Lord Buddha or Gautam Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautam to King Shuddhodhan and his wife Maya in Lumbini, Nepal around 563-562 BC. Upon his birth, an astrologer said that the prince would renounce everything after detaching himself from worldly desires and materialistic bonds. The King then tried to keep the Prince away from any miseries to ensure he doesn't detach himself from royal life and bonds.
But once the Prince saw four scenes- a common man suffering, old man, sick, dead body, and ascetic holy man-- who was contentment. Seeing these scenes, Siddhartha renounced his royal life and went on to find the purpose of life. He walked on the path of spirituality and soon gained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.Rituals
But due to lockdown, people are requested to celebrate the festival while being in their houses only.Significance
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