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Buddha Purnima celebrated

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Buddhist women performing rituals at Youngdwa Monastert at Khagrachhari on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima on Saturday.

Khagrachhari Correspondent :
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, has been celebrated in Khagrachhari yesterday with proper religious sentiments and flawless securities. Buddha Purnima has an extremely significant role to Buddhists as a memorial day. Lord Buddha was born on this day of full moon in 563 BC. Buddha attained enlightenment and passed away on the same day.
On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, devotees gathered in Bihar from nine upazilas of the district since yesterday morning. They performed various religious rituals including colorful processions, flowers worship, Buddha statue donation, shill acceptance, discussions and cultural functions. According to religious tradition, devotees donated the Pinda to the monks.
For world peace and good wishes, special prayers was continued in the monasteries. Devotees received the religious message from the monks.
In addition to the world peace and well-wishes, the Buddhists carried out a colorful procession from Youngdwa Buddhist monastery of the district town on Thursday afternoon. In the evening, the day-long formalities of Buddha Purnima come to an end by lighting up the sky lamp.
Since early Thursday, the security forces of the army, police and Ansar were in front of the Buddhist monasteries of the district.
Khagrachhari Additional Superintendent of Police M.M Salah Uddin said, In order to make the festival undisturbed, there were more than four hundred members of the law enforcing force were deployed in the district town. As a result, no unwanted incident was occurred.
On the other hand, the pilgrims arrived in Bihar expressing satisfaction over safety measures.
BSS from  Chattogram adds: Members of the Buddhist community on Saturday celebrated their most sacred festival Buddha Purnima in the city as elsewhere in the district with solemn devotion and enthusiasm.
The festival commemorates three important events- Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment or 'Nirvana' in Bodh Gaya and 'Parinirvana' in Kushinagara of India.
As the name itself suggests, Buddha Purnima is observed on a bright full moon in the Vaisakha month, a time especially suited for introspection, charity and puja.
This day is a thrice blessed day. Gautam Buddha lived and died in about the fifth century before the Christian era. Buddha means "enlightened one" - someone who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions.
Besides, decorating the monasteries with colorful Buddhist flags, the morning prayers, colorful peace procession of the monks, worship with large offerings, blood donation and religious discussions were the highlights of the day.
In addition to prayers, sermons and non-stop recitations from Buddhist scriptures, the Buddhists also after bath, clad in white clothes offered incense, flowers, candles and fruits to the statue of Lord Buddha.
They spent their entire day listening to discourses on the life and teachings of the Buddha.
The day's programmes heralded with hoisting of the national and religious flags atop of all monasteries in the dawn and chanting of the sacred verses from the Tripitaka.
In the city, the colorful peace procession under the auspices of Bangladesh Buddhists Association was brought out from city's Nandankanan Buddhist temple.
Commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police Mahbubur Rahman led the procession, participated by hundreds of monks, devotees irrespective of ages and gender.
In the city, main religious congregations were held at Nandankanon Buddhist temple, Katalganj Nabapandit Vihar, Purnachar International Buddhists Monastery at Devpahar, Mughaltooli Shakkyamuni Shoswan Vihar at Agrabad and Sarbajanin Bouddha Vihar at Momin Road.
To mark the day, local dailies brought out some articles while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, Chittagong centers aired special programmes highlighting the importance of the festival.

To mark the occasion, a good number of periodicals of the community like Amitabh, Sombodhi, Krishti, Bodhibarta and Arya published special supplements.
Besides, special prayers seeking continued peace and progress of the nation as well as global peace were also offered in all monasteries.

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