Today is the 2564th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. Every year on Vaishakha Purnima Buddha Jayanti, grand events take place in the Mayadevi temple of Lumbini, but this year all kinds of events have been canceled due to Coronavirus.
The Buddha Jayanti will be celebrated at a very small level this year by the Government of Nepal and the Lumbini Development Trust. Chants for world peace will be chanted from 7 am on Thursday, 7 May. At 7 pm, 2564 lamps will be lit in the presence of a maximum of 10 Buddhist monks and nuns.
Gyan in Rai, Chief Administrative Officer of Lumbini Development Trust, said that this year the cancellation of Buddha Jayanti due to pandemic Kovid-19 and the third International Buddhist Conference to be held from 5 to 7 May have been canceled.
A virtual tour is being organized on Buddha Jayanti. This program will be held from 4-5 pm on 7th May. It can be seen live on the Facebook page of the Nepal Tourism Board. Registrations are being done for this. The devotees have been requested to pray at their respective homes.
Thousands of Buddhists come from all over the world
Thousands of followers reach Lumbini on Buddha Jayanti every year. Last year, Nepal’s President, Prime Minister and about 10 thousand people from 22 countries attended the events here. In view of the risk of Kovid-19 this year, the Nepal government has banned all events in the Mayadevi temple.
UNESCO declares world heritage as Buddha’s birthplace
Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Buddha, is declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is believed that Maya Devi, the queen of the Shakya king Suddhodana of Kapilavastu, gave birth to a son in the region of Lumbini on Vaishakha Purnima in 623 BC. Which is known as Prince Siddhartha? There is also a lake. In connection with this, it is believed that Rani Mayadevi took a bath in Pushkarini holy tank.
Prince Siddhartha lived in Lumbini for 29 years
Prince Siddharth was born in Lumbini. After birth, Siddharth was brought to the palace in Kapilavastu. He spent his initial 29 years in this area. During this time they were married. Then one day he abandoned his family. Later Prince Siddhartha became famous as Gautama Buddha.
Emperor Ashoka also visited here
Emperor Ashoka of India visited the place of birth of Buddha. Here Ashoka also built a pillar, which is called Ashoka Pillar. There is also an inscription on this pillar. On this, the Brahmi script describes the birthplace of Buddha. Archaeological remains associated with Lord Buddha have also been found in this area.