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PM greets nation on Buddha Purnima

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima.

New Delhi, May 1 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima.

In his message, Dr. Singh said: "Lord Buddha showed humanity, the enlightened path of peace, non-violence and virtuous living. His eternal message continues to guide us to a society where spiritual and material salvation is possible for one and all".

May Buddha Purnima usher in peace, prosperity and happiness for everyone, the Prime Minister added.

Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the Buddha, is widely celebrated, on a full moon night.

The Buddha was born on the full-moon day in the month of Vaisakh in 563 BC. He achieved enlightenment as well as nirvana on the same date.

It is also believed that Yashodara, the Buddha's wife, his charioteer Channa and even his horse Kantaka were born on the same day.

On this day, Buddhists offer prayers in their temples. Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh and Bodh Gaya in Bihar are the main centres of celebration.

ANI

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