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Celebrating the Birth of the Buddha
The Buddha came into this world and found a simple path to enlightenment, which everyone could follow. He preached little and believed more in practice. The Buddha’s teaching was received well. At one time, the Buddhism was the most popular religious belief in India. From India, Buddhism spread across east Asia and is practiced widely.
The Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti festival celebrates the birth of the Buddha. On this day, Buddhists celebrate by worshipping, praying, listening to sermons by monks and reciting scriptures. Believers offer flowers, incense, and candles to the statues of the Buddha. White is the customary clothing for the day. In India, it is a declared national holiday.
New Delhi has many important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists. A walk is being organized to these places on Buddha Purnima. Mentioned below are some of the key places you’ll get to visit:
- Buddha Jayanti Park: Created to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment. This park is located in the beauty of the Delhi ridge. There is plenty greenery and the park has a statue of the Buddha and a Bodhi tree. (map)
- Ladakh Buddhist Vihar: This residential colony is located on the banks of the Yamuna river. There is a Buddhist temple and a very well established clothing market. (map)
- The Tibetan Colony: This residential colony was formed to cater to Tibetan’s in exile. The culture of this colony is entirely Tibetan. Actually, it is like a little Tibet in the heart of Delhi. You can buy all sorts of Tibetan merchandise and try the cuisine. The Tibetan monastery is lovely creation.
Travel Tip: Adhere to the all-white dress code while celebrating Buddha Purnima.
When: 5 p.m., May 27th
How Much: Rs. 500; To register and for details contact Himanshu Verma / 41764054 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- 5 pm –Near Ticket Counter, Dilli Haat (opposite INA Market), Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi
- 5.45 pm – Reach Buddha Jayanti Park. Explore the gardens, and pay homage to Buddha statue
- 6.30 pm – Leave for Ladakh Buddhist Vihar, visit monastery and markets.
- 8 pm – Reach Majnu ka Tila, the Tibetan colony. Explore markets and monastery. Dinner at participant’s cost.
- 9.45 pm – Leave for Dilli Haat
- 10.30 pm – Walk ends at Dilli Haat.
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