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Buddhists celebrate Buddha Purnima

Buddhists across the country today held religious discourses and special prayers as they celebrated 'Buddha Purnima' - the most important Buddhist festival.

New Delhi/Agartala, May 2 : Buddhists across the country today held religious discourses and special prayers as they celebrated 'Buddha Purnima' - the most important Buddhist festival.

In Agartala, hundreds of Buddhists congregated at Venuban Vihar monastery to pray on the occasion.

"Not only in northeast India, but around the world Buddhism Day has a great significance which can actually bring peace, unity, and understanding among the people," said Bindu Chakma, a devotee.

Devotees said the festival bound people of different religions.

"All people - men, women, people of different caste and creed - all have assembled here to pay our homage and respects to Lord Buddha," said Suman Chakma, another devotee.

Devotees lighted lamps, incense sticks and candles at Buddhist temples and monasteries to commemorate the 2,550th anniversary of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and Nirvana (salvation).

Buddha was born a prince at Lumbini in Nepal. He attained enlightenment at the age of 35 in Bodh Gaya and finally departed from the world at the age of 80 in Kushinagar.

It's a coincidence that Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and salvation on the same day.

ANI

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