Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Birthday)
The Buddha Jayanti is the day of the birth of Gautam Buddha. It was not only the day of his birth but also the day he was enlightened and also the day he left the world. Every important events of his days had fallen on the same day of the year – Baisakh Purnima.
It was about two thousand and six hundred years ago, Buddha was born in Lumbini as a prince named Siddhartha Gautam. The son of a king, he was the crown prince of the Shakya kingdom. Although his father wanted his son to rule the kingdom, Siddhartha wasn’t interested in politics. He was more interested in why the people had to face various problems in life.
When he met different people and learnt about their sufferings, he wanted to know what has caused such a sufferings to the mankind.
At the age of 29 he left his palace and the family in search for the answer to the question – why mankind has to suffer?
He mediated for years in jungle and suffered a lot before being enlightened. In the later part of his life, Buddha spread his knowledge.
Buddha died in Kushi Nagar of India at the age of 81.