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Yearlong celebration of Buddha Jayanti begins

Written by: Staff
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Gangtok, May 13 (UNI) The Buddhists in Sikkim today took out processions and held prayer meetings to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

Braving rains, thousands of devotees including women and children were seen marching on the throughfares of the capital city, carrying holy scriptures and the statue of Lord Buddha.

Meanwhile, different monasteries in the state chalked out plans to celebrate the Buddha Jayanti.

Sources in Rumtek Monastery, considered the most sacred in the state, said they would celebrate the Buddha Jayanti as per the Tibetan calendar from June 11.

Though detailed programmes have not been finalised, it said, the programme would be mainly charitable in nature apart from the special prayers.

However, the devotees, who follow the Hindu calendar will celebrate the Buddha Jayanti today.

Flagging off the yearlong Buddha Jayanti celebration jointly organised by the Deuchen Choeling Gumpa Committee, Sichey and Sikkim Deuchen Coordination Committee Gangtok yesterday, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling called upon the people to implement the teachings of Lord Buddha in their day to day life.

Mr Chamling also dedicated the recently launched green mission to Lord Buddha and urged people to take up plantation in his name.

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