Buddha Purnima 2019: Time To Honor The Truth Of Life & Death!

Buddha Purnima is celebrated to signify the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. This year Vesak day also known as Wesak will be celebrated on May 18, 2019. It is observed on a full moon day of Hindu month Vaishakha. To know more, read on..

Buddha Purnima 2019

Buddha Purnima 2019 or Wesak 2019 is honored in the name of Lord BuddhaBuddha Purnima is the most sanctified festival of Buddhist community. The day of Buddha Purnima is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. As per the Hindu Calendar, it is observed on the full-Moon night (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. Before this Buddha Purnima, we are here to tell you everything you need to know about Buddha Purnima.

Buddha Purnima is known by various names in different parts of the country. Some of these names are Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Buddha’s birthday, Wesak, Vesak, Hanamatsuri and Saga Dawa.

Buddha Purnima is celebrated for three main reasons in the Buddhism, but before that, let’s know when Buddha Purnima is going to be celebrated in 2019 according to the Hindu calendar.

Wesak 2019 Date - Buddha Purnima 2019 Date

Event Day Date Tithi
Vesak Day 2019 or Buddha Purnima Saturday May 18 Vesak Purnima

Now, as you know the date for celebrating Buddha Jayanti in 2019, we bring you the real significance behind observing Buddha Purnima.

Buddha Purnima : Significance

Buddha Purnima is celebrated as the birthday of Gautam Buddha. It is said that Gautam Buddha is the one who founded Buddhism. Buddha Jayanti is a day of celebration of Gautam Buddha’s life and his journey from life to death.

So, before celebrating the Buddha Purnima, let’s know these three important events that occurred on the day of Buddha Jayanti.

Buddha Purnima : Events

For the buddhist community the day of Buddha Purnima is of utmost importance and these are the reasons for it:-

Vesak : Birth Of Lord Buddha & His Journey Towards Enlightenment

On a full-Moon night, Lord Buddha was born to King Kapilavastu and Mayadevi. He was named as Siddharth (one who attains all goals) Gautam. Being the only child, he was given all the luxuries and lead a pampered childhood. He didn’t know anything beyond his castle gates. The reason behind this was, at time of his birth, it was predicted that he will turn out to be a great sage. Buddha will enlighten the world with his teachings. Thus, he was not allowed to witness any atrocities or negatives. Siddhartha Gautam was married early to Yashodhara and was blessed with a son.

But at the age of 29, some events took place when Gautam buddha stepped out of his palace. These events made him realize the real atrocities of life.The events depicted different phases of life like old age, disease, and death. These happenings made him realize the cycle of birth and death.

Post these occassion, Siddharth left all the luxuries, pleasures, and comforts of life in order to understand the real meaning of life.

Vesak 2019: Buddha Attains Enlightenment

On the day of  Buddha Purnima Gautam Buddha attained the path of EnlightenmentBuddha on search of real truth, traveled to different places and reached Bodhgaya. Buddha followed the path of self denial, discipline and path of self indulgence. Thus, Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya on Vesak (month of Hindu calendar) on the day of Purnima (full moon).

Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermon to a group of five companions at Varanasi. These companions were given the name Sangha (company of Buddhist monks).

Below mentioned are the teachings of Lord Buddha, these teachings are still practised. Let’s know in detail what were those teachings.

Vesak : Buddha Attains Nirvana

Another important event associated with the celebration of Buddha Jayanti is that Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana or Moksha on this day and left the world.

Buddha’s Teachings: Four-Noble Truths By Buddha

Lord Buddha founded Buddhism and following are considered to be the four noble points about Buddhism:

  1. Human life is suffering.
  2. Human desires are the core reasons for sufferings.
  3. An end to human desires will end human sufferings.
  4. An end to the desire can be done by following the ‘Eightfold Noble Path’ of Buddhism. The eight noble teachings are as follows.

Eightfold Noble Path includes:

  1. The right view of life.
  2. The right view of intention.
  3. The right view of speech.
  4. The right view of action.
  5. The right view of livelihood.
  6. The right view of effort.
  7. The right view of frame of mind.
  8. The right view of concentration.

In Buddhism, along with the eightfold path, some basic principles are also followed. These are known as “Panchsheel”. These five principles are:

  • Not To Take Life
  • Not To Steal
  • Not To Lie
  • Not To Take Alcohol
  • Not To Commit Adultery

Vesak 2019: Buddha Attains Nirvana

Buddha Purnima is a day when Buddha attained NirvanaAnother important event associated with the celebration of Buddha Jayanti is that Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana or Moksha on this day and left the world.

Buddha Purnima : Rituals

On the day of Buddha Purnima, some special arrangements are made in order to please Lord Buddha and humanity. This Buddha Purnima, we will once again witness the same rituals being practiced. So before this Buddha Purnima, let’s find out what these rituals:

  1. On the day of Buddh Purnima, devotees worship the idols of Lord Buddha.
  2. The followers of Buddhism visit Buddha temples and shrine.
  3. Special donations of food and clothes are provided to the needy on the day of Buddha Purnima.
  4. On the day of Vesak or Buddha Purnima, Lord Buddha’s teachings, scriptures, and sermons are taught to people.
  5. As per Buddha’s teachings, no birds should be trapped in cages. These birds are laid free from the cages on this day.
  6. On the day of Buddha Purnima, devotees should avoid consuming non vegetarian food, alcohol and smoking.
  7. The Bodhi tree is also worshiped on the day of Vesak. Lamps are lit around the tree and the roots of the tree are offered water. This signifies the importance of nature.
  8. Devotees offer flowers, sweets, candles and many more things to Lord Buddha. People usually dress up in white clothes signifying purity of mind and thought.

So, do not forget to follow the rituals on this Buddha Purnima. This way you can also find the way to overcome your bad times on this Buddha Purnima.

Buddha Purnima : Celebrations

The occasion of Buddha Purnima is celebrated across the globe. Let’s take a look at Vesak celebrations and what you should look forward to the coming Buddha Purnima. Now, we will take a look at the celebration patterns of Buddha Purnima in India and abroad.

Buddha Purnima 2019: Celebrations In India & Abroad

Now, we will take a look at the celebration patterns of Buddha Purnima in India and abroad.

Celebrations at Bodhgaya

Buddha Purnima 2019 or Wesak 2019 will be celebrated in different parts of India. Bodhgaya is an extremely special place, as Lord Buddha attained enlightenment on this day at Bodhgaya. People in great gatherings decorate the Mahabodhi temple with flowers, lights, and colorful flags.

Along with that, people worship the Bodhi tree, as this tree holds a lot of importance and spiritual significance, because Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree.

Celebrations at Delhi

The National Capital of Delhi also witnesses the celebration of Buddha Purnima. As on this day, the mortal remains of Lord Buddha are taken out of the National Museum. People visiting the museum can see these remains.

Similarly, the Buddhist Temple is a center of attraction on the day of Vesak.

Celebrations at Gangtok

In Gangtok, a procession of the monks is carried out. Sacred texts and scriptures are read on the day of Buddha Purnima.

The celebrations of Buddha Jayanti are not confined to India, but are seen across the globe. Let’s have a look at the celebration outside.

Celebrations at Japan

Waisak or Buddha Purnima is known as Hanamatsuri in Japan. Every year on April 8, as per the solar calendar, this day is celebrated as Buddha Jayanti. It is also believed that on this day, a dragon appeared in the sky and offered Soma (drink used in vedic rituals) to Lord Buddha. On this day, devotees offer sweet tea (Shinbutsu Shugo) to Buddha Idols.

Celebrations at Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the celebration of Buddha Jayanti is observed for about a week. During this week, no alcohol or non veg is bought, sold or eaten. During this time period, Toranas (temporary structures) are put across the street, depicting the stories of Buddha. People in Sri Lanka hang lights (Vesak Koodu) at their doorsteps. These lights are a symbol of enlightenment.

Celebrations at Nepal

Vesak 2019 or Vesak day 2019 is a day which marks the three significant events of the life of Gautam Buddha.
 Nepal is considered to be the home and birthplace of Lord Buddha. This day is no less than any festival. The streets of Nepal witness the celebration of the birth of Lord Buddha. The temples are decorated in elaboration. Specially, Swayambhu Temple’s (the monkey temple) main entrance is opened for the devotees to offer their prayers and worship Lord Buddha on Vesak. Various pilgrims visiting the temple, offer their donations in terms of money, food, and clothes to the needy and homeless.

This Vesak, the devotees from all around will celebrate Buddha Jayanti with full enthusiasm and zeal.

Gautam Buddha is no God, but it his teachings, practices and eight fold path, because of which he is equated to God. Thus, Buddha Purnima is a day to remember, follow, and preach the teachings of Lord Buddha.

So this Buddha Purnima, don’t look for happiness and bliss around, as it is right inside you.

Mykundali wishes you all a divine salvation on Buddha Purnima!