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Tibetans celebrate Buddha’s life on full moon of Saka Dawa

ANI | June 18, 2019 12:25 PM
Monks in Dharamshala offering prayers

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh): Tibetans in exile here commemorated the full moon of Saka Dawa here on Tuesday.

According to the Tibetan Lunar calendar, Saka Dawa marks the full moon of the fourth month and is considered to be a day of celebrations and religious importance for Tibetan Buddhists.

It is believed that in this month and especially on full moon day is when Shakyamuni Buddha took birth, achieved enlightenment and 'parinirvana' (death).

A monk, Rinchen Nyima said while speaking to ANI, "Buddha is our main teacher, our main guru, so many Buddhists remember him on this full moon day of Saka Dawa."

He continued, "People perform good deeds on this day. Giving alms, food and money to beggars are considered good deeds. There is also a saying in our tradition - 'If we do a single job, it will double up to a hundred'."

While Tibetan Buddhists worldwide are honouring the life of Buddha, on an individual level, they are engaging in a number of holy acts like reading scriptures, taking part in retreats, fasting, freeing animals, donating food, clothes, money or anything to alleviate others' suffering.

Delek Wangmo, a local Tibetan woman said, "We believe this full moon day to be auspicious because our guru Buddha took three important life stages - came into the womb of the mother, achieved enlightenment and attained 'parinirvana'. Tibetans also consider this as a day to purify their misdeeds. We perform 'parikarma' and good deeds on this day."

The main Buddhist temple here, Tsuglagkhang, has been seeing a huge crowd of devotees coming in to offer their prayers.

The prayers on this auspicious day are headed by the monks of Namgyal monastery of Dalai Lama. (ANI)

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