With entire nation celebrating Buddha Purnima, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Gautam Buddha’s noble teachings have made an impact on millions of people over centuries.
For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important pilgrimage site related to the life of Gautama Buddha. The other three important pilgrimage sites are Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. It is believed that Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment at Bodhagaya and he first taught the Dharma at Sarnath.
It is believed that Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment and passed away on the same day. Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti and Buddha’s Birthday
“Gautam Buddha’s noble teachings have impacted millions of people over centuries. He is the epitome of knowledge, peace and compassion. May his teachings continue to inspire us to create a peaceful and just society,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.
President Pranab Mukherjee has also extended his greeting to the people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, stressing on Lord Buddha’s message of love, compassion, non-violence and equality.
“On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, I convey greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens. The message of love, compassion, non-violence and equality preached by Lord Buddha has an ageless significance. Lord Buddha’s teachings serve as an eternal beacon light for humanity,” President Mukherjee said