Buddha Purnima (Hindi:बुद्ध पूर्णिमा/बुद्ध जयंती, Bengali:বুদ্ধ পূর্ণিমা, Marathi:बुद्ध पूर्णिमा, Tamil:புத்த பூர்ணிமா) or Buddha Jayanti, also called Vesak is one of the biggest festivals for the followers of Buddhism. This auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, His enlightenment and death. As this day commemorates the three significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha it holds immense religious significance for followers of Buddhism.

Buddha Purnima or Buddha's birthday is observed on the Purnima (full moon day) in the month of Vaisakh of the traditional Hindu calendar and during the months of April-May in the Gregorian calendar.

Buddha Purnima 2021 is on May 26, Wednesday

Buddha Purnima tithi timing: May 25, 8:30 pm - May 26, 4:43 pm

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Buddha Purnima also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti celebrates Lord Buddha's Birthday

Buddha Purnima is an auspicious day even for Hindus and is observed with full devotion and dedication in whole country. In India, this day is declared as a gazetted holiday in several states. In the northern regions of the country, Lord Buddha is believed to be the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu (after Sri Krishna who is the 8th incarnation). However the theories slightly differ in other regions.

Irrespective of the belief the day of Buddha Purnima is celebrated with same love and affection towards Gautama Buddha, all across India. Not only this, the festivities of Buddha Purnima can also be witnessed in the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Devotee offers prayers at a Buddhist temple on Buddha Purnima day

Rituals during Buddha Purnima:

On the day of Buddha Purnima, the followers of Buddhists sects visit Gautama Buddha temples. They spend their time listening to the sermons given by monks there. Some devout Buddhists spend their day visiting various temples and reciting ancient verses.

Special events are held on this day in temples of Lord Buddha. A number of cultural, religious and social events are hosted in these temples. People from far and wide come to participate in these events that describe the life history of Gautama Buddha.

Some temples display statues of Gautama Buddha depicting his earlier years. The statues are kept in a water filled basin and beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. Visitors who come to temple, as a part of a ritual pour water over the statues. The ceremony symbolizes a new and pure beginning.

During Vesak, Buddhists devotees pay special attention on the teachings of Lord Buddha, especially the five principles called as ‘Panchsheel’. On this day some even wear white colored robes and eat pure vegetarian diet.

Charity is also an integral part of Buddha Purnima celebrations. People donate food, clothes, money or any other useful goods to the poor and needy. Following the preaching’s of Lord Buddha, caged or bounded animals are set free as a display of love and affection towards all living creatures.

Important Timings On Buddha Purnima / Vesak 2021

Sunrise26 May, 2021 05:45 AM.
Sunset26 May, 2021 07:01 PM.
Purnima Tithi Begins 25 May, 2021 08:30 PM.
Purnima Tithi Ends26 May, 2021 04:43 PM.
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Significance of Buddha Purnima:

The day of Buddha Purnima is very important for followers of Buddhism, in India as well as abroad. Gautama Buddha was a very renowned spiritual leader who denounced all the worldly pleasures to a lead a simple and contended life. He preached the principles of equality and love for all living creatures. Lord Buddha is considered to be the founder of Buddhism. It is believed that the day of Buddha Purnima is thrice blessed as it celebrates the three prestigious events in the life of Gautama Buddha. On this chosen day people remember the teachings of this great saint. His teachings are used a means to end the sufferings and miseries in life.

Buddha Purnima festival dates between 2017 & 2027

YearDate
2017Wednesday, 10th of May
2018Monday, 30th of April
2019Saturday, 18th of May
2020Thursday, 7th of May
2021Wednesday, 26th of May
2022Monday, 16th of May
2023Friday, 5th of May
2024Thursday, 23rd of May
2025Monday, 12th of May
2026Friday, 1st of May
2027Thursday, 20th of May

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