The full moon of lord Buddha’s Birth
Baisakh Purnima, the day of the full moon, in late April and early May, is the greatest festival of the Buddhists and most of the Hindus, as the day is believed to have heralded the ‘triple Blessing’- Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment and his entering to Nirvana.
The stupa of Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, erected some 2000 years ago by the Buddhist monks, became the centre of ceremonial activities during the festival. The whole area is illuminated by butter lamps and electric bulbs. Thousands of devout Buddhists from different parts of the country come to the place to spend night fasting in Buddha’s name and chanting prayers for enlightenment.
Solemn ceremonious procession of monks and other devotees take the idol of Buddha to Naghal where they worship Lord Buddha and the idol is again returned to the place from where it was brought there. In addition solemn processions of the same kind can be seen throughout the country on the day.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.