LUMBINI — The country is celebrating the 2560th Buddha Jayanti, the birth the birth anniversary of the Gautam Buddha, today, paying immense respect to the epitome of peace and non-violence.
A special ceremony is to be held in Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha, today to mark the 2560th Buddha Purnima. President Bidya Devi Bhandari is gracing the ceremony as the Chief Guest.
The Buddha’s birthday known as the Buddha Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of Baisakh according to lunar calendar every year.
On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari wished all Buddhists and Nepalis living at home and abroad for peace, prosperity, good health and religious harmony.
“I am confident that this day will inspire all Nepalis to maintain peace and order by strengthening tolerance among people of various caste, creed and religion,” she said in a message. She said the message of Lord Buddha was as relevant today as it was then.
Guests from 28 countries are participating in the Buddha Jayanti celebrations.
Buddha was born to King Suddhodhan of the Shakya dynasty and Queen Mayadevi in 563 BC and left his house and palace facilities in search of the enlightenment at the age of 29.
He attained enlightenment after six years of meditation at the age of 35 on the day of Buddha Purnima. He preached and promoted Buddhism continuously until 45 years and died at the age of 80 at Kushinagar, now in India on the full moon day of the month of Baisakh itself.
Buddhism is based on peace, friendship, compassion and non-violence and it is taken as a peace religion. The Buddha’s birthday is also marked in other Buddhist countries across the world.
The government first declared Buddha Jayanti as a public holiday on May 22, 1951. Animal sacrifices are on prohibited in this day in Lumbini since February 19, 1956.
The United Nations has also been observing Buddha Jayanti as a public holiday since 2002. The day is also marked in various parts of the world to spread the message of peace, harmony and non-violence.
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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost