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2562nd Buddha Jayanti today, Prez, PM and VP Pun extend best wishes

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KATHMANDU — 2562nd Buddha Jayanti is bening celebrated across the country today. Buddha Jayanti commemorates the day Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and died.

The day falls on the full moon day in the Nepali month of Baishakh. Buddhists throughout the world celebrate the day paying obeisance to Lord Buddha.

On this day, devotees especially throng Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Rishi Pattan and Kushinagar. These places are the four major pilgrimage sites for the Buddhists.

Lumbini is where Lord Buddha was born, Bodhgaya is the place where he attained enlightenment, Rishipattan is the place where he started giving sermons, and Kushinagar is the place where he died.

On the occasion of the 2562nd Buddha Jayanti, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all those who believe in the message of peace, non-violence, harmony and co-existence of Gautam Buddha including to the Buddhist community.

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In her message of best wishes today, President Bhandari said if we internalize the Buddhist philosophy then internal peace and fraternity are unavoidable, while it will also facilitate unity, tolerance and goodwill among all those oriented towards social development and lasting peace.

She has also wished that this holy day inspire the entire human kind to follow Buddha’s principles mutual goodwill, harmony and non-violence.

Likewise, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has that Gautam Buddha remains a symbol of pride for all Nepalis, as he made a huge contribution to human welfare after being born in Nepali territory.

In a message on the occasion of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti today, he said that that the enlightenment achieved by Gautam Buddha, the profounder of world peace is equally relevant today.

“It is because Buddha’s view showed the path to non-violence, harmony and human welfare that they are so popular around the world today,” he said.

The Prime Minister also wished that the day inspire us all to move ahead by internalizing the spirit of global fraternity of Buddhist religion.

Similarly, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun also extended best wishes to Nepalis, who are in and outside the country, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti.

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In his message of best wishes on the occasion, Vice-President Pun said that the importance and relevance of Buddha’s messages of peace and non-violence have further increased in the present world, adding that fraternity, goodwill and sustainable peace would be established in the country and the entire world if the messages of the Buddha were internalized.

Main opposition Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has also said that peace was the first priority of the party.

In his message on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Deuba has wished for emancipation of the country people from all sorts of injustice and suppression and peace would prevail in the country by following the teachings of the Lord Buddha.

Deuba has said that the activities of violence, murder, abduction and anti-human rights activities should be stopped forever.

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KATHMANDU — Hindus across the country are observing Nagh Panchami or Sukla Panchami festival on Thursday. The festival of Nag Panchami or the serpent deity festival is observed across the nation by pasting the pictures of Nag or the serpent deity above the main gate of the houses today.

Devotees from several areas would visit the Nagpokhari to worship the serpent deity. The pond, which is situated at Naxal, has been decorated for this day. The idol of the Nag is situated in the middle of this serpent pond.

There are many legends and folklore in Hindu mythology narrated to the importance of worship of snakes.

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Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Saun (between July and August). This is the time when serpents invariably come out of their holes that often get inundated with rainwater to seek shelter. As such they pose a danger to the man.

The festival that falls in the rainy season is believed to counter the increased possibility of snake bites during this time.

A big fare is being organised at Changunarayan Temple, which lies a top of small hill of Bhaktapur. The temple is visited by a large crowed of devotees during the day.

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