New Delhi: Buddha Purnima marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The festival is celebrated as the day when Lord Buddha descended on the earth.
As per the Vedic literature, Lord Buddha is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and hence, he appeared on this earth about 2582 years ago to teach the message of non-violence and mercy towards all living creatures.
On this day, devotees offer prayers to Buddha. Some of them also visit Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Bihar. Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment at the site of the temple.
Buddha was considered as one of the greatest spiritual leaders. He gave up all sort of materialistic possessions and worldly pleasures, in order to find truth of life. After years of meditation, he became enlightened and began preaching the philosophy of life. It is believed that by following his principles one can get rid of sufferings in life.
Buddha Purnima, which is also known as Vesak Day, is a sacred occasion for millions of Buddhists around the world.
Also, some people observe a fast as it is combined with the full moon day (Purnima) and offer fruits and sweets to the deities of Lord Buddha. People worship Lord Satyanarayana, an extremely benevolent form of Lord Vishnu, and observe Satyanarayana fasting on Purnima day.