Purnima or the Poornmashi, is the full moon day of the Hindu Calendar and Vaisakh is the second month of the Calendar. Thus, the full moon night of the vaisakh month that occurs in April-May is celebrated as the Vaisakh Purnima. This day is celebrated by worshipping Lord Vishnu. It is also celebrated as the day of Buddha Purnima by the Buddhists.
Buddhist monks from all traditions come together to chant verses and spread the message of Buddhism. Buddhists assemble in their various temples before dawn for the ceremonial hoisting of the Buddhist flag and the singing of hymns in praise of the holy Buddha.
Story Behind celebrating Vaisakh Purnima and Buddha Purnima
For Hindus all over the world, Vaisakh Purnima is one of the most auspicious days to worship Lord Vishnu. As per the religious texts and scriptures, devotees who wholeheartedly worship Lord Vishnu on this particular day will get prosperity and good rewards. As per Bhavishya Purana, Lord Vishnu had incarnated in the form of a turtle. It is this form of Lord Vishnu that is worshipped on this day.
Buddha Purnima is also known as the Trividh Pawan Day as three auspicious incidents occurred : birth of Lord Buddha at Lumbini, gained enlightment at Bodhgaya and Nirvana at Kushinagar.
Why is it Celebrated
Vaisakha month begins with the new moon in April and represents the second month of the lunar year. The name ‘Vaisakh’ is derived from the position of the Sun near the star Vishakha. It is believed by all Hindus, that fasting and worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day frees an individual from all his past sins.
Buddhists are expected to celebrate the auspicious day of Buddha Purnima by making use of the opportunity to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practice loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.
All purnima dates are considered very auspicious by the Hindus. The Vaisakh Purnima is specially auspicious due to the co-occurrence of Buddha Purnima on the same day. The muhurat for vaisakh Purnima in 2016 is 00:41 am on 21st May to 02:44am on 22nd May.
As per Hindu Religious scriptures, worshipping Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day may free an individual from all past sins and is forwarded on the path of prosperity.
The Buddhists celebrate Buddha Purnima as the day of freedom of all living beings. They wear white clothes, hold discussions with monks and re-pledge to live a life as per the percepts of Buddhism.
Products to perform the puja
As per our Vedas, it is one of the most auspicious day of the year. Thus, prayers sought on this day may ward off all sins of an individual. The puja includes: