Buddha Jayanti, Indian Festival

Buddha Jayanti is also known as Buddha Purnima. It was on the full moon night in Vaisakha (April or May) that Lord Gautama Buddha was born in 543 B.C, but the name given to him by his parents was Siddharth. Siddharth was the only son of Shuddhodhan, the King of Kapilavastu. It was prophesied by the royal astrologer that the child would become either a famous emperor or a world-renowned ascetic. Shuddhodhan did not want his son to be an ascetic. Thus, he took extraordinary precautions to avoid every situation, which would provoke such thoughts in his son’s mind. To know more click:

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