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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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Indra Jatra begins

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KATHMANDU — Indra Jatra, known as the biggest festival of the Kathmandu Valley, formally began on Friday with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering of a flag named after the Hindu God Indra at Hanumandhoka.

Indra Jatra, one of the biggest festivals of the Newar community, is dedicated to the god of rain and king of heaven, Indra and celebrated for eight days.

The festival formally begins with the erection of a lingo (sacred wooden pole) at Hanumandhoka in Basantapur Darbar Square.

During the celebrations, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu. The dance is one of the most popular dances of Nepal with performers wearing Lakhe costume and masks.

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There are various mythical stories related to the festival. One such popular story is about Indra who came down to earth to get a special flower parijat and Karkalo (taro) for his mother, who was fasting and worshiping Goddess Basundharadevi.

Upon landing in the Kathmandu Valley, Indra is said to have intruded into a garden to pluck the special flower for his mother. But when the the garden owner found this out, he used Tantrik powers to capture Indra and tied him with ropes in public for humiliation.

Knowing her son is tied up, Indra’s mother came down to the earth and promised the garden owner that she’d provide rain for a better harvest in return for her son.

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