Vaishakha purnima

Famously celebrated as Buddha purnima/Vesak because 2500years ago, Buddha is said to have gotten enlightened on this day while meditating under the bodhi tree in bhodhgaya, bihar. it is said that he got profound insights the night before his enlightenment. these events are divided into three phases of the night; 1st – buddha saw his many past lives, 2nd – he saw how creatures die and are reborn over and over depending on their karma & 3rd – the arising and cessation of all phenomenon, both joy and suffering. Seeing thus, Buddha’s mind became completely liberated.
To celebrate this blissful day of Buddha’s enlightenment, Buddhists often wear all white, go veg, hoist the buddhist flag and release caged animals and birds to symbolize freedom from captivity (maybe of our own minds, which acts as our biggest enemy often!!). Buddhists also listen to hymns sung by the monks in praise of the precious 3 gems:Buddha, Sangha and Dharma.
This festival is largely celebrated in Arunachal pradesh & Leh ladakh (the sudden fav. tourist destination of young urban india causing heavy littering of the peaceful paradise with noisy, smokey, jarring royal enfields) in India and ofcourse in Srilanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet alongwith the gamut of south east asian countries.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
 ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


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