Buddha Purnima 2022: Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on the Purnima Tithi (Full Moon Day) in the month of Vaishakh. However, since the traditional calendar is determined as per the Lunar cycle, the date varies annually in the Gregorian calendar.
The Purnima Tithi (Full Moon Day) in Vaishakh month is one of the most important days for Buddhists as it marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This day is also called Buddha Purnima, Buddha Jayanti or Vesak.
Interestingly, this year, Buddhists shall observe the 2584th birth anniversary of the enlightened one. However, since the traditional calendar is determined as per the Lunar cycle, the date varies annually in the Gregorian calendar.
Buddha Purnima 2022 Date:
This year, Buddha Purnima will be celebrated on May 16 in India.
Buddha Purnima Tithi Time
The Purnima Tithi will begin at 12:45 PM on May 15, 2022 and will end at 9:43 AM on May 16, 2022.
Buddha Purnima Significance:
Buddha Jayanti is one of the most sacred Buddhist, joyous events in honour of Gautama Buddha, the ‘Enlightened One’ who has transcended ‘Karma’, got liberated from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
He was a phenomenal being – a philosopher, spiritual guide, religious leader, meditator who attained enlightenment after continuous meditation for 49 days under the Bodhi (banyan) tree in Bodh Gaya; and unravelled the secret to end the ‘suffering’. The solution, he said, lied in The Four Noble Truths.
Gautama delivered his first sermon in Sarnath. Also known as Shakyamuni (Sage of the Shakyas), Tathagata, He is considered the ‘Fully Awakened One’.
He preached ‘Dharma’, non-violence, harmony, kindness, path to ‘nirvana’ for 45 years. Buddhism is founded on the Lord Buddha’s teachings, a compilation named ‘suttas’.
Despite being born into a royal family, He relinquished the luxurious life and left home at the age of 30, led a life of penance, austerity, in search of the truth that liberates one from the pangs of suffering (duhkha) Buddha is considered as the ninth Vishnu avatar (reincarnation) according to Hindu beliefs.
There is immense significance attached to Buddha Purnima. Buddhist communities around the world, monasteries offer prayers, chant, meditate, observe fast, discuss His sermons and cherish his teachings. The tradition of taking a dip in the sacred Ganges on Buddha Jayanti stems from the belief that it washes away sins.