PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan Extend Greetings on Buddha Purnima

  • PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan Extend Greetings on Buddha Purnima

PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan Extend Greetings on Buddha Purnima

"We can also say the date has been engraved in the history of India as a demonstration of its military power", PM Modi said in his monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and said that his life was greatly influenced by Lord Buddha.

Buddha Purnima is traditionally celebrated in majority of East Asia to commemorate the birth of Gautam Buddha, who later became the founder of Buddhism. He spread the Buddhist religion across the country and then other parts of the world under the rule of King Asoka. The day, observed on the occasion of Buddha's birthday, aims to celebrate his life, teachings and the message of peace and non-violence.

Speaking at an event here on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Prime Minister said the teachings of the Buddha were based on humanity and the country was proud the philosophy had originated here. Left leader Sitaram Yechury, meanwhile, tweeted some of Lord Buddha's teachings, which he believed have "an abiding relevance in today's times".

Prime Minister Modi added that the central theme of all religious thoughts born in India focuses on humanity.

Accordingly, an organising committee was set up to oversee the celebrations under the chairpersonship of Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju as co-chairperson.

The Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha's compassion has endeared him to millions.

It is significant that celebrating Vesak also means making extra efforts to bring happiness to the less privileged and suffering sections of humankind, such as the aged, the physically challenged and the sick. To mark the day, almost 40 reputed Buddhist organizations from different parts of the country and 10,000 Buddhist monks, followers and nuns are expected to assemble in Delhi to celebrate Buddha Purnima.