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Buddha purnima 2022- Know the date, timing, importance and major teachings of Buddhism

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Buddha Purnima is one of the major festivals of Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddha Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Vaishakh. This year , the festival of Buddha Purnima 2022 will be celebrated on 16 May, Monday. Buddha Purnima is also called ‘Vesak’ in many places. Actually, the word Vesak is directly related to the Hindu month of Vaishakh. The festival of Buddha Purnima is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India, China, Nepal, Thailand and Japan. Know about the importance of Buddha Purnima, worship method and some famous teachings of Lord Buddha-

Buddha Purnima 2022 Date and Timings

Buddha Purnima 2022 16 May 2022, Monday.

  • Purnima Tithi starts on May 15, 2022 at 12:45 minutes
  • Purnima date ends on May 16, 2022 at 09:43 am

What is the importance and history of Buddha Purnima

Buddhists spread all over the world celebrate the festival of Buddha Purnima with great pomp and show. Buddha Purnima 2022 is associated with three major events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. They are as follows-

Birth of Gautam Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was born on Vaishakh Purnima, about 2500 years ago, at Lumbini near Kapilavastu, the house of King Suddhodhana of the Shakya dynasty. Some astrologers had already predicted Siddhartha’s renunciation from the materialistic world, but Shuddhodhana made several attempts to prevent him from becoming a ‘sanyasi’. That’s why Siddhartha’s marriage was also done very early. He became a father at a very early age too. Once when he was out of his palace due to some work, he came across the sorrow, illness, pain and death the world is facing. He had a lot of questions in his mind and hence he decided to take renunciation from his materialistic life to find answers to these questions. 

Siddhartha attained enlightenment

It is believed that Siddhartha left home at an early age to find answers to his questions. Wandering continuously for many years, he met many divine sages and spent time with them, but he could not find answers to his questions. Proceeding in his journey, once he was sitting in a trance under a tree near Bodh Gaya. That day was also Vaishakh Purnima. On that very day he got the knowledge that leads to salvation and the knowledge to understand the cause of the sufferings of the people. Even today, people go to Bodh Gaya on Buddha Purnima 2022 to seek the blessings of Lord Buddha.

Salvation of Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima 2022

After attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha taught and imparted knowledge to many disciples. He named his knowledge as the middle path. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. These teachings are known as the ‘Dham Chakra Parivartan’. After this, at the age of 80, on the day of Buddha Purnima i.e. Vaishakh Purnima, Lord Buddha left his body.

How to worship Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima

The biggest celebration of Buddha Purnima is conducted in Bodh Gaya. There is a special significance of visiting and worshiping the Bodhi tree on this day. If you are worshiping Lord Buddha at home, clean the statue or picture of Lord Buddha. Offer fruits, flowers and naivedya to Lord Buddha. Take a pledge to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha. You can  chant some Buddhist mantras on this day. Most of the popular Buddhist mantras in India are given by the Tibetan gurus. You should also give special gifts and food to the poor on this day.

Know the main teachings of Lord Buddha on Buddha Purnima 2022

Some special teachings related to the life of Lord Buddha must be adopted by every human being. That can be our biggest tribute to him on Buddha Purnima 2022. Some of his famous teachings are-

  • Treat everyone as your own. Do not induce violence on yourself or on others.
  • All kinds of battles can be won by conquering oneself.
  • Killing animals and consuming their flesh is a grave sin.
  • It is more important to continue the journey than achieving the goal.

On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, we all should try to move ahead in life by imbibing these teachings. DevDarshan family wishes you all a very happy Buddha Purnima!

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