Buddha Purnima

Why To Go

Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is considered as the most sacred day for the Buddhism followers. All the followers of this religion celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and healthy respect towards their Lord Buddha. The Buddha Purnima is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Buddha. It is believed that he gained Nirvana and Parinirvanaon this day. These three facts are making this day auspicious to the followers in present times. As per the Buddhist legend, the day is the birthday of Budha’s wife Yashodhara, his disciple Ananda, the horse Kantaka and his charioteer Channa also. In the Pail language, Buddha Purnima is called as Vesak.

Buddhists devotees mark this day by prayer meets and sermons on the life of Buddha. Group meditation, processions, and worshipping are organized too. Several Buddhist pilgrims visit Bodh Gaya, where the Lord took birth. Devotees wear white clothes and decorate the temple with flowers and flags. Bodhi tree, under which Lord Buddha gained Nirvana is decorated with garlands and flags. Several Buddhists donate food, money to the poor surrounding the region. Kheer is made with rice, milk, sugar, and jaggery.

Travel Tips

Wear Indian attires preferably in white colour during the festival. It is a festival of Buddhists. But all region’s people can join this festivity. Be kind to others. Avoid drinking and smoking. If possible, learn and know more about this occasion from people or books. Visit Bodh Gaya of India, where the Lord was born. Relish into some Kheer. Keep the silence of the Gompas and Temples during the visit. Avoid littering any holy place. Try to read the history of this religion.

Things To Do

Activities include prayer meets, sermons and religious discourses, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, and workship of the statue of Budhha. It accompanied by the blowing of horns, beating of drums, and burning of incense. Many Buddhists visit temples on Buddha Jayanti to listen to monks give talks and recite ancient verses. The statue of Buddha is placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. They usually dress pure white. Non-vegetarian food is traditionally avoided. Kheer, a sweet rice porridge, is also commonly served to recall the story of Gautam Buddha.

Getting Around

To celebrate the festival you can travel to Sikkim, Darjeeling or Kalimpong, Arunachal Pradesh etc. Most travelling is done by bus or jeep on the road. Trekking is also a popular option.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Bagdogra airport in Siliguri, is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati by daily flights. From Bagdogra travel to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong etc. via private cars, buses, jeeps etc.

TRAIN

New Jalpaiguri is connected to all metros and several other cities including Guwahati. From the station avail private cars, shared taxis, jeeps to reach to different places like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim etc.

ROAD

Gangtok is connected to Siliguri by the well-maintained NH31A. For most of the journey, its a picturesque drive along the Teesta Gorge.

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Surrounding Attractions

Gangtok is connected to Siliguri by the well-maintained NH31A. For most of the journey, its a picturesque drive along the Teesta Gorge.
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