Buddha Purnima
About The Festival

Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is considered as the most sacred day for the Buddhism followers. All the followers of this religion celebrates this day with great enthusiasm and strong respect towards their Lord Buddha. The Buddha Purnima is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Buddha. It is believed that he gained Nirvana and Parinirvanaon this day. These three facts are making this day auspicious to the followers in present times. As per the Buddhist legend, the day is the birth day of Budha’s wife Yashodhara, his disciple Ananda, the horse Kantaka and his charioteer Channa also. In the Pail language, Buddha Purnima is called as Vesak.

Travel Tips

  • Wear Indian attires preferably in white colour during the festival.
  • It is a festival of Buddhists. But all region’s people can join this festivity.
  • The followers’ belief in kindness.
  • Avoid drinking and smoking.
  • If possible learn and know more about this occasion from a local resident or people.
  • Visit Bodh Gaya of India where the Lord was born.
  • Relish into some Kheer.
  • Keep the silence of the Gompas and Temples during the visit.
  • Avoid littering any holy place.
  • Try to read the history of this religion.

When to visit

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Buddhists devotees mark this day by prayer meets and sermons on the life of Buddha. Group meditation, processions and worshipping is organised too. Several Buddhist pilgrims visits Bodh Gaya where the lord took birth. Devotees wear white clothes and decorates the temple with flowers and flags. Bodhi tree is decorated with garlands and flags. Several Buddhists donates food, money to the poor surrounding the region. Kheer is made with rice, milk, sugar and jiggery.

Most Celebrated Places

Buddhists are scattered in the north and north-eastern India. However, Bihar is the place where several religious places are present. All of them celebrate this day with great belief.

How to Reach

Time Period

This celebration happens during the month of Baisakhon the day when the full moon appears.