The date for Buddha Purnima in 2016 or Wesak in 2016 is May 21. Buddha Jayanti is the day that signifies Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. Read further to know more about Buddha on Vesak in 2016.
Buddha Purnima is the most sanctified festival of Buddhist community. The day of Buddha Purnima is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. As per the Hindu Calendar, Buddha Purnima is observed on the full-Moon night (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Vaisakh. As per the Gregorian calendar, it is the month of May. Before this Buddha Purnima in 2016, 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 2016 according to the Hindu calendar.
|Buddha Purnima 2016 or Wesak 2016||Monday||May 21||Visak Purnima|
Now, as you know the date for celebrating Buddhoa Jayanti in 2016, we bring you the real significance behind observing Buddha Purnima.
Buddha Purnima is celebrated as the birthday of Gautam Buddha. It is said that Gautama 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 Poornima in 2016, let’s know these three important events that occurred on the day of Buddha Jayanti.
For the buddhist community the day of Buddha Purnima is of utmost importance and these are the reasons for it:-
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.
Buddha 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.
Lord Buddha founded Buddhism and following are considered to be the four noble points about Buddhism:
Eightfold Noble Path includes:
In Buddhism, along with the eightfold path, some basic principles are also followed.
These are known as “Panchsheel”. These five principles are:
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.
On the day of Buddha Purnima, some special arrangements are made in order to please Lord Buddha and humanity. This Buddha Purnima in 2016, we will once again witness the same rituals being practiced. So before this Buddha Purnima, let’s find out what these rituals:
So, do not forget to follow the rituals on this Buddha Purnima in 2016. This way you can also find the way to overcome your bad times on this Buddha Purnima in 2016.
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 in 2016.
Buddha Purnima 2016: Celebrations In India & Abroad
Now, we will take a look at the celebration patterns of Buddha Purnima in India and abroad.
Celebrations at Bodhgaya
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. During Buddha Purnima in 2016, same festivity will be witnessed in Japan.
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
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 in 2016, don’t look for happiness and bliss around, as it is right inside you.
Mykundali wishes you all a divine salvation on Buddha Purnima in 2016!