Buddha Jayanti is an auspicious day that marks the birth anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha. He was born in 543 BC, on a day of BaishakhSukla Purnima, in a beautiful garden of Lumbini Nepal. On the same date of BaishakhSukla
Purnima, he got enlightenment and achieved Nirvana ( never to be reborn). His birth was an emerging source of Buddhism and has left a strong print of it in the world.
Born as Prince Siddhartha Gautam of Kapilvastu, Lumbini, he had all those luxury and comfort of royalty. But his quest towards the knowledge of mysterious life made him leave the royal tag and live like a monk. He gave the literal meaning of life, humanity and shared formulas of happiness. Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni, is like the light in darkness and so is called Light of Asia.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha
On the beautiful lap of Lumbini, Siddhartha Gautam spent his playful childhood and spent 29 years of his royal life. He was born to KingSuddhodanaGautam and QueenMayaDevi. He was married to Yasodhara and had a son, Rahul. Lumbini, honored as world heritage site by UNESCO has preserved all the evidence of his existence with love and care. And the main attractions here are:
Maya Devi Temple
Maya Devi Temple honors Queen Maya Devi and marks the birth spot of Gautam Buddha. The temple stands adjacent to a scared pool “Pushkarini” and scared garden. The garden here is the exact spot where Buddha was born and Maya Devi’s idol is at the very spot. He was an extraordinary child who took seven steps immediately after his birth. The “SiddharthaKunda” pond near is where he was given a bath after birth. Moreover, the inside of this modern looking temple reveals centuries-old mark stone of Gautam Buddha Birthplace.
Ashoka Pillar made from pink sandstone is adjoining the scared garden. The pillar proves the visit of the great emperor Ashoka of India. Besides, it symbolizes the transformation of Ashoka from being the great worrier to becoming the disciple of Buddha. Also, the pillar and its history express the value of the birthplace of Buddha.
World Peace Pagoda
The gleaming white World Peace Pagoda with a golden statue of Lord Buddha is one of the rising attractions in Lumbini. The pagoda standing on the peaceful land of Lumbini is just an architecture but silently convince us that peace is the secret of never-ending happiness.
The museum is the quick summary of Buddha’s life and houses the photos and artifacts from Buddhist sites all around the world. In sum, it is a brief of Buddha and Buddhism.
Furthermore, the monasteries and temple complexes in Lumbini feels spiritual as Lord Buddha dwells in them. Rich in art and architecture, these complexes highlight Buddha’s era and preserves the Buddhists rituals. Myanmar Golden Temple, China Temple, Vajrayana Mahabhiar, Royal Thai Monastery, the German Monastery, etc. are some spectaculars.
The Celebration of Buddha Jayanti in Nepal
The first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950 declared the full moon day of BaishakhSukla Purnima as an international celebration and public holiday in honor of Lord Buddha.
As the implementation of the announcement, Nepal celebrates this date proudly with parades, bhajans, and prayers in the different parts of her nation. Buddha’s inspiring life story and his great deeds are recalled with much gusto in monasteries. The main pilgrimage site Swyambhu and Boudhanath is busy with a dense crowd. Also, other Buddhist pilgrimages have an extraordinary look on this day. There is also a tradition of being vegetarian for a day. In addition, Buddha’s idols, temples are established to commemorate his birth anniversary. All in all, this day of Purnima is so pleasant and holy as the atmosphere resounds with the Buddhist chant of
Meaning: I go to under shelter of Buddha. (because Buddha is the guide) I go to the shelter of Dharma. (Dharma is the path I follow) I go to the shelter of Shangha. (Sangha are the teachers or companions along the way, without a teacher it is hard to learn)