Buddha Jayanti 2021: Buddha Purnima, also popularly known as Buddha Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha. The birth anniversary of Buddha is also known as Buddha Purnima or Vaisakhi Buddha Purnima or Vesak.
Countries such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Java, Indonesia, Tibet, Mongolia, observe this special day as ‘Vesak’ which calls for an elaborate celebration. This year will mark the lord Buddha’s 2583rd birth anniversary. Buddha Purnima Tithi began at 08.29 pm on May 25 and will end at 04.43 pm on Wednesday.
What is the significance of the day?
Gautam Buddha was born into an aristocratic family in modern-day Nepal. At the night of conception his mother Maya dreamt of a white elephant with six tusks, a white elephant is considered auspicious. Buddha was shielded from human suffering and religious teaching, and was raised to become a great ruler but when Gautam left his palace for the first time, he encountered human suffering. To understand human suffering further, he would leave his palace, eventually, he renounced his throne and used to sneak out in the middle of the night in search of truth and enlightenment.
On Buddha Purnima, followers celebrates his birth, enlightenment, and his death. Buddhists visit common Viharas to observe a rather longer-than-usual, full-length Buddhist sutra, akin to a service. They are dressed in pure white attired. Kheer, sweet rice porridge is commonly served to recall the story of Sujata, who offered the Buddha a bowl of milk porridge.
Dr. B.R Ambedkar has been a critic of Hinduism and later in life became a follower of Buddhism as it was free from the varna system which created the caste-based divide. This conversion led to the biggest religious conversion ever seen in history when all the Dalit converted to Buddhism. Buddhism has inspired people all over the world.
Here are wishes to extend on occassion of Buddha Jayanti
Let’s come together to have anew resolution to spread Love and Peace in lives on this auspicious day. Happy Buddha Purnima
“His guidance is to take this world out of misery, evil, and sorrow. So let’s walk on his shown path. Happy Buddha Purnima”
“Let us celebrate the pious occasion of Buddha Purnima by following the words of Lord Buddha for a better tomorrow…. Best wishes on Buddha Purnima.”
“May you and your family are blessed with eternal happiness and joy for a harmonious and blessed life… Happy Buddha Jayanti to you.”
“Buddha Purnima is a reminder that the most important thing in life is peace and we have to work hard to achieve it.”
“Let us celebrate the occasion of Buddha Jayanti by working together to make this world a happier and more peaceful place to life. Warm wishes on Buddha Jayanti to all.”
“The occasion of Buddha Jayanti reminds us of the importance of having peace in life before anything else. Wishing a very Happy Buddha Jayanti to you.”