Buddha Purnima observed on May 18th marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha and is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists both in the entire world.
Even though every full moon day is auspicious, the most important one is the full moon in May as all three major events of the life of Buddha took place on this day in different years. Three major events are:
- Buddha was born at Lumbini Grove on the full moon day in May.
- He attained enlightenment or Nirvana under the shade of the Bodhi Tree and became Gautama Buddha on the full moon day of May as well.
- After years of teaching about truth, he passed away on the full moon day of May and attained salvation or Mahaparinirvana.
Some schools of thought in India portray Lord Buddha as the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.