If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably heard of Gautama Buddha and have an idea what it is about. If you don’t, here’s a briefer. Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth anniversary of the legendary teacher, Buddha. Born as Gautama Siddhartha, the enlightened one was once an esteemed prince.
All About Lord Buddha
There’s a lot to say about the magical birth of Lord Buddha. Folklore has it that he was a very special child who appeared to his mother prior conception, like a baby elephant. His mother, the Queen, played with the baby elephant in her dream only to wake up to the fact that she had conceived a baby.
Well the rest is history as you know it.
Gautama Buddha’s birth anniversary is called Buddha Purnima. It is celebrated on the 18th of May every year. The event holds tremendous significance among believers of the cosmos. Buddha Purnima is quite a celestial event.
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2. The Bodhi tree is worshipped on Buddha Purnima
The tree is the spot where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Followers worship this Holy tree by lighting lamps all around it and adorning its roots with milk and honey.
3.Buddha Purnima is celebrated in silence and prayer
Unlike the pompous festival of lights, Buddha Purnima is venerated by observing
4. Lord Buddha is the Ninth Incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Yes, Lord Buddha is an avatar of the great preserver, Lord Vishnu. One among the Major three Gods of Hinduism, Lord Buddha embodies perfectly the nature of compassion seen in Lord Vishnu.
5. Worshipping a baby Buddha statue on this day is consideresd auspicious
Something that works wonders on Buddha Purnima is the worship of a baby Buddha idol. This is said to bring about good fortune in the life of the worshipper.
6. Buddha Purnima is also when Buddha attained enlightenment
Aside from being born into the world this day, Buddha Purnima is also the day when Lord Buddha is born into the sea of enlightenment.
9.Buddha Purnima, a day of new beginnings
Given that all major world-changing events of Buddha’s life being centered on this day; followers know Buddha Purnima to be a day for new beginnings. Lastly, a thoughtful gesture, caged birds are set free by some followers on this day. May this Buddha Purnima be the start of something beautiful in your life too.
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