Significance of Buddha Purnima

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Buddha Purnima is celebrated in the honour of the birth, death and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Image source: www.buddhistelibrary.org

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Lord Buddha was named Siddhartha, which means ‘he who has attained his goals’, by his parents. Image source: blog.amandacollins.me

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To shield him from the tragedies of the world, Lord Buddha’s father decided to keep him away from all the realities of life for a very long time. Image source: www.dhammaweb.net

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One fine day, Lord Buddha insisted that his charioteer take him out of the palace for a ride. During his journey, he came across various miseries of life such as old age, sickness and death. Image source: newlotus.buddhistdoor.com

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Lord Buddha decided to give up all the luxuries of life, including his wife and son, in search of the truth of life. newlotus.buddhistdoor.com

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Lord Buddha sat under a banyan tree and meditated for a very long time. Through meditation, he started recalling his previous births and could see everything which was going on in the Universe. Image source: bodhgayatours.files.wordpress.com

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On the Full Moon day of May, Siddhartha finally got the answers and became Lord Buddha, which means ‘he who is awake’. Image source: www.artnindia.com

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When Lord Buddha turned eighty years old, he realised that he would be leaving the Earth soon. And, it so happened that on the night of the Full Moon, he ate some spoiled food and fell sick. To overcome his sickness, he went under deep meditation but eventually died. Image source: vibhormahajan.files.wordpress.com

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Lord Buddha’s last words were “Impermanent are created things; strive on with awareness.” Image source: www.imagesbuddy.com

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Buddha Purnima is celebrated in Bodh Gaya. People from all over the world go there to offer their prayers to Lord Buddha. The Mahabodhi sacred temple of Lord Buddha is adorned with flowers, and the tree under which Lord Buddha meditated is decorated with lights. Image source: buddhist.tharunaya.co.uk

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