New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Buddhists and Hindus around the world are celebrating Buddh Purnima 2020 or Vesak today. Buddha Purnima marks the birth anniversary of Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha-- founder of Buddhism. The auspicious day is celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, among other Asian countries.

On this day, devotees dress themselves in white clothes gather to remember the teachings of compassion and non-violence. Offering Kheer is a part of the tradition. It is believed that Lord Buddha attained 'nirvana' (enlightenment) on Buddh Purnima. Worshipping Lord Buddha frees us from sins.

According to scriptures, prince Gautam was born in Lumbini, Nepal at around 563 BCE. As per legend, he belonged to a royal lineage. An astrologer had predicted that he would become a great king or renounce everything.

As per Buddhist literature, the prince witnessed four sights during this time. He got to understand the suffering of common man, old man, sick, dead body, and ascetic holy man-- who was content in his life. 

The experiences were vital and compelled the prince to leave his comfortable royal life and embrace divinity by walking on a spiritual path towards enlightenment.

It is believed that taking an early bath before sunrise on Buddh Purnima is considered sacred. It frees us from sins. Amid lockdown, if you are also unable to take a dip in the holy Ganges then sprinkle few drops of Gangajal over yourself. Avoid tamasik foods like wine and meat. 

Posted By: James Kuanal