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Special celebrations on 2561st Buddha Jayanti

KATHMANDU: The country is celebrating the 2561st Buddha Jayanti – the birth anniversary of the Gautam Buddha – on Wednesday, paying immense respect to the epitome of peace and non-violence.

The Buddha’s birthday known as the Buddha purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of Baisakh as per lunar calendar every year.

A special ceremony is to held in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, tomorrow to mark the 2561st Buddha Purnima.

Buddha was born to King Suddhodhan of the Shakya dynasty and Queen Mayadevi in 563 BC and left his house and palace facilities in search of the enlightenment at the age of 29. He attained enlightenment after six years of meditation at the age of 35 on the day of Buddha Purnima.

He preached and promoted Buddhism continuously until 45 years and died at the age of 80 at Kushinagar, now in India, on the full moon day of the month of Baisakh itself.

Buddhism is based on peace, friendship, compassion and non-violence and it is taken as a peace religion. The Buddha’s birthday is also marked in other Buddhist countries across the world.

Gautam Buddha is regarded as a ‘Star of Asia’ for his teachings of peace and non-violence to human kinds.

The Government of Nepal has given public holiday today on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | 04:40 AM

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