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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Buddha Purnima Wednesday May 10,2017

Buddha Purnima is celebrated around the world to mark the birth anniversary of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. In leap years it may be celebrated in June

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual leader born in Lumbini, Nepal.

 He was the son of Suddhodhan, the king of Lumbini, and an heir to the throne. He lived a very comfortable childhood as a prince of the state. As he grew, the charming young prince got married to Princess Yashodhara while still at a tender age. Siddhartha soon became a father and his world looked perfect until one day, while he was travelling in his royal chariot, he chanced upon an old man, a sick person, a dead body and an ascetic. This was the first time when he witnessed worldly grievances and sufferings.

He realised how old age was the final phase of the life cycle and how death is the ultimate truth. Witnessing the harsh reality left Siddhartha deeply distressed and that is when he decided to renounce his kingdom and family. He was just 29-years old when he sought out to find answers to his questions about life. One night, when everyone in the royal household were asleep, the young prince left the comforts of his home and walked out in his quest to search eternal truth.

Enlightenment and Nirvana

For Siddhartha, the truth wasn't easy to find. He took to the life of an ascetic. In Bodh Gaya, he sat down under a tree to embark on an extended journey of meditation and decided not to rise until he found enlightenment. He meditated for 49 days straight, formulating a body of wisdom, which was ready to bring mankind a new religion. Soon after the enlightenment, Buddha preached to a small group who soon became his disciples. From then onwards, Buddha became a spiritual teacher. After years of teaching, he finally liberated himself from the cycle of rebirth and achieved salvation

Sudarsan Pattnaik attempts to create World's longest sand Buddha 

Sudarsan Pattnaik attempted to make world's longest sand Buddha on the occasion of Vesak or Buddha Purnima which was on May 10, 2017. He made the sand art on 14th International Vesak Day celebrations at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sudarsan Pattnaik created a 40ft long sand Buddha on a special day marking the birth of lord Buddha. The sand art sculpture is now open for visitors in Colombo.
He shared these incredible pictures on Twitter which will surely make your day

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