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Gaiety marks Buddha Jayanthi

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Sacred occasion: Monks praying at the Buddist relic inside the State Archaeology Museum on Thursday.
Sacred occasion: Monks praying at the Buddist relic inside the State Archaeology Museum on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The usually quiet environs of the State Museum at Public Gardens reverberated with rhythmic Buddhist hymns on the occasion of 2554 {+t} {+h} Buddha Jayanthi celebrations on Thursday morning. Regarded as a sacred occasion, a group of monks led by Khema Chara Bhikku from the Siddhartha Buddha Vihara Trust, Bowenpally, chanted religious hymns paying their respects to Buddha. They also meditated near the Buddhist relic in the museum along with members of the Vipassana meditation group.

“The contribution of Buddhism to Indian society is enormous in terms of social reforms, freedom of thoughts and added new dimension to Indian philosophy. We have also exhibited a lot of Buddhist relics for visitors to see and know more about Buddhism,” said Professor P. Chenna Reddy, Director of A.P. State Archaeology and Museums, during the celebrations.

“Buddhism has also brought social reforms by practicing social equality and eradicating superstition and it has been committed to the welfare of every living being on earth,” Mr. Reddy said.

Speaking on the occasion, Khema Chara Bhikku elaborated on the importance of the day, “The day marks the birth of Siddhartha, enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana, which happened on the same day that was observed as Visakha Purnima,” he said.


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