Guru Purnima 2023: IBC to celebrate Ashadha Purnima in Delhi’s National Museum today

On the occasion of Guru Purnima Day 2023, the International Buddhist Confederation will organise a programme at the National Museum, Delhi on Monday

Edited By Sharmila Bhadoria
Updated3 Jul 2023
 International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) will celebrate Guru Purnima as the Dharma Chakra Pravartana Divas on Monday
International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) will celebrate Guru Purnima as the Dharma Chakra Pravartana Divas on Monday

On the occasion of Guru Purnima 2023, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), will celebrate the day as the Chakra Pravartana Divas at the National Museum, Delhi on Monday.

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The celebration is an annual flagship event of the IBC, which comes under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture. The day is of immense importance amongs Buddhists after the Buddha Purnima or the Vaishaka Purnima.

During the program, a video address of President Draupadi Murmu will also be presented for the audience. The programme highlight will be the screening of the film on IBC's special project in Lumbini (Nepal) - "India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage", said the press release.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the centre at Lumbini in Nepal. The program will also include a Dhamma talk on the significance of Ashadha Purnima by His Holiness 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and a Special Address by Minister of Culture and External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi.

Other than the Minister of Culture and External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi, the program will also be joined by eminent masters, scholars, and diplomatic representatives. IBC is hosting the Ashadha Purnima celebrations at the National Museum, Janpath. The location is where Sakhyamuni's Holy relic is enshrined. 

About Ashadha Purnima

The day is also celebrated as Guru Purnima and it falls every year on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha as per the Indian lunar calendar. The day is also celebrated as Esala Poya in Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha in Thailand. The day is remembered for the first teaching of Gautam Budha after attaining Enlightenment to the first five ascetic disciples (pancavargiya) on at 'Deer Park', Risipatana Mrigadaya in the present day Sarnath, near Varanasi, India, said the press release.

This day also marks the beginning of the rainy season retreat for the Monks and Nuns also starts with this day. The season lasts for three months from July to October. During the season they remain in a single place, generally in their temples dedicated to intensive meditation. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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