New Delhi: Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Vesak, Vaishaka, and Buddha’s Birthday. It is observed on the full moon day of the Baisakh month annually, that is April or May. This year, it will be celebrated on May 16, 2022.
History and significance:
The birthday of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is celebrated as Buddha Purnima across the world since he was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama on the Purnima Tithi (full moon day) in 563 BC in Lumbini (modern day Nepal). In Hinduism, Buddha is considered as the ninth avatar of Lord Vishnu hence, this day is commemorated by Buddhists and Hindus all over the world
In Theravada Buddhism, it is also observed as the day when Buddha, born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563-483 BCE) attained Nirvana (salvation) under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, as well as his death anniversary. Gautama Buddha preached Dharma (duty), non violence, harmony and kindness. He left his worldly possessions and princedom at the age of 30 to lead a life searching for the truth, seeking penance in the hopes of liberating himself from suffering (duhkha).
Buddha Purnima 2022: Tithi and Puja Time
As per sources, the tithi of Purnima is expected to begin at 12:45 PM on May 15, 2022, and will end at 9:43 AM on May 16, 2022.
Buddha Purnima 2022: Wishes and Messages
1. Wish you always be showered with abundant fortune and prosperity and find the path to eternal happiness. Happy Buddha Purnima 2022!
2. This Buddha Purnima, may you get enlightened by the divine rays and grace of the Almighty.
3. May Lord Buddha guide us on the path of love, peace, and truth. Happy Buddha Purnima to you and your family
4. May Lord Buddha remove the obstacles in our lives. Happy Buddha Purnima to you and your loved ones.
5. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Happy Buddha Purnima 2022!
6. The world will surely become a much better place to live if we understand the importance of happiness over money… Happy Buddha Purnima 2022!
7. Let us pray for peace and harmony for all humankind on this auspicious day. Happy Buddha Purnima.
8. Warm wishes to you on this auspicious day of Buddha Purnima!
9. “Suffering is not holding you, you are holding suffering.” Happy Buddha Purnima 2022!
10. On Buddha Purnima, may the divine grace of Lord Buddha always be with you.
Buddha Purnima 2022: Inspirational Quotes by Lord Buddha
1. “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”
2. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
3. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
4. “If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
5. “A disciplined mind brings happiness.”
6. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.”
7. “Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.”
8. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
9. “Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
10. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
Devotees of Buddha visit temples, light candles and incense sticks, pray and offer sweets and fruits before the statue of Lord Buddha. Sermons on the life and teachings of Buddha are held and attended by followers all over. People usually dress in white, do not consume non-vegetarian food and distribute kheer, as according to Buddhist lore, on this day a woman named Sujata had offered Buddha a bowl of milk porridge.
Many followers also free caged birds on this day as a symbol of empathy and compassion for all living beings, one of the most important teachings of Lord Buddha. In India, a large fair takes place in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site where Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
The relics of Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession. Many Hindus also believe Buddha to be the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This year, with coronavirus pandemic and nationwide lockdown, now in phase 3, the celebrations are likely to look different.