|Buddha Purnima is being celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety by Buddhists across the world today. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and Mahaparinirvan of Mahatma Budha in the 7th century Before Christ.|
At Bodh Gaya where Lord Budha attained enlightment, a special prayer was organised under Bodhi tree for world peace Thousands of monks across the world have assembled at the Mahabodhi temple to offer prayer.
The celebration began with a procession from the 80-ft tall Buddha statue up to the Bodhi tree behind the temple. Monks, including members of the International Buddhist Council, took part in the procession.
AIR Correspondent reports, the Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colorful flags and flowers.
The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion of Budh Purnima.
In neighbouring Nepal, a large number of Buddhists have gathered at the historic Swayambhunath temple and Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu to offer prayers and light lamps. A special function is being organised in Lumbini, the birth-place of Buddha.
Reports of celebrations have also come in from Srilanka, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia .
Coinciding with 'Budha Purnima', the moon will be closest to the earth today than it will be on any other night in 2012 and will appear significantly larger and brighter.