Like every year, Baisakh Purnima this year falls on May 26, 2021. The birthday of Gautam Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam) and the day he died fell on the same day. Actually, it was not only the birth and death, he received his enlightenment on the very day.
A new statue installed at Baluwatar, Prime Minister of Nepal’s residence
Buddha was born in Lumbini, current day Nepal. At that time it was Shakya Kingdom. Although he was born a prince, he wanted to find the truth of life and left his palace in search of wisdom.
He wanted to know why people suffer, why they get sick and die. He was 29-years-old when he finally decided to leave his home.
This year, Nepal’s prime minister unveiled a statue of Buddha installed in the premise of the residence of the Prime Minister. It is to be noted that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s wife, Radhika Shakya belongs to Buddha’s clan, the Shakyas.
Prime Minister KP Oli greets the newly unveiled statue of Buddha.
Happy Buddha Jayanti to everybody. (Photo credit – The office of the Prime Minister of Nepal)