Thursday, 7 July, 2022
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Buddha Purnima observed

Buddha Purnima observed
Members of the Buddhist community offer a prayer at Dharmarajik Bouddha Mahavihar in the city’s Basabo area on Sunday, marking Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhists. —SUN photo

After a two-year hiatus, Buddhist community of the country celebrated their biggest religious festival, Buddha Purnima, on Saturday with a call to ensure global peace and stability.

On the occasion, they arranged different programmes around the country. They bathed, wore fresh clothes and sang the praises of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, at different pagodas.

Scripture of Tripitaka was recited and religious prayers were offered to mark the occasion.

People should nurture the spirit of love preached by Buddha to prevent the conflict and devastation of war, said members of the community during a prayer session at Dharmarajik Bouddha Mahavihar, a monastery in Basabo.

Followers gathered at Basabo’s Dharmarajik Bouddha Mahavihar early on Sunday and attended several prayer ceremonies. “No one will survive if the third world war breaks out. Therefore, we need to follow the teachings of Goutam Buddha to save ourselves,” said Bhadanta Buddhapriyo Mahathero, president of Bangladesh Bauddha Kristi Prachar Sangha.

The Basabo Buddhist temple took out a procession and organised different programmes throughout the day.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the Buddhist community on the occasion. They also called for strengthening communal harmony throughout the country.