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.
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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Devotees throng in Hindu shrines to observe Bala Chaturdashi
KATHMANDU- Thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have thronged in Pashupatinath temple and some other Hindu shrines from early morning today to pay homage to their near and dear ones, who died over the last one year, on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi.
Families of those deceased sow the Satbeej (many different seeds) and lit lights praying for eternal peace to the deceased on this day.
In Pashupati, the devotees have observed penance the whole night from the last night and have taken the holy dips this morning to sow the seeds.
The holy seeds of paddy, maize, wheat, barley and others are sown at Kailash, Gaurighat, Aryaghat, and Guheswori of Pashupati area, and Panchase, Galeshwor and Lord Shiva’s shrines across the country in Bala Chaturdashi that falls on Marga Krishna Chaturdashi.
As per the Hindu mythology, one’s ancestors will rest in heaven if such seeds are sown in the shrines of the Lord Shiva after lighting the lamps in their memory on the night of Marga Krishna Trayodashi.
In order to assist the devotees, the Pashupati Area Development Trust has arranged tents and other basic facilities, according to Trust’s Member Secretary Dr Pradeep Dhakal.Follow @gorkhapost