New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 greeted people on 'Guru Purnima' and described it as a day to express gratitude to all exemplary teachers who have inspired and mentored humankind.
"Greetings on the sacred occasion of Ashadha Purnima. We recall the noble teachings of Lord Buddha and reiterate our commitment to realise his enlightened vision of a just and compassionate society", tweeted PM Narendra Modi.
Ashadha Purnima celebrations organised by Ministry of Culture and International Buddhist Confederation began with the lighting of the lamp, in the presence of Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble MoS for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi and Joint Secretary Ms. Amita Prasad Sarbhai. The lamp lighting ceremony was followed by prayers offered by the Buddhist monks.
Being the second most sacred day for Buddhists after the Buddha Purnima, the Festival is being celebrated at Sarnath. The celebrations are taking place at Mulagandha Kuti Vihara which houses the holy relics of Buddha.
"Taking the teachings of Bhagwan Buddha to future generations is imperative to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future of our planet. Occasions like Ashadha Purnima help us achieve this objective. Bhagwan Buddha instilled in us values of pursuing knowledge, living a noble life with discernment, accepting everything with equanimity and selfless service to others. His wisdom has helped people individually and collectively.", Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi read from a compilation of PM’s speeches from his participation at Buddhist events.
Hon’ble President of India also conveyed his message on Ashadha Purnima via video message. He highlighted the significance of Sarnath and other holy locations of Buddhism.
By Team TRC