News:Indian Prime Minister will participate in the Buddha Purnima celebrations.
- Buddha Purnima also known as Vesak Purnima is the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
- The day commemorates birth, enlightenment and Death (or Parinirvana) of Lord Buddha, all of which is said to have taken place on the same day.
- The United Nations General Assembly by its resolution in 1999 recognized internationally the Buddha Purnima.It was done to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism made to humanity.
Main places associated with Gautam Buddha:
- Lumbini (Nepal): Birthplace
- Bodh Gaya (Bihar): Enlightenment under the Mahabodhi tree.
- Sarnath(Varanasi): Delivered his first sermon.
- Kushinagar(Uttar Pradesh): Attained Parinirvana after his death
- Apart from these, Sravasti, Rajgir, Sankassa and Vaishali are also closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.