Buddha Purnima 2024: 2586th Birth Anniversary of Gautam Buddha on May 23

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Buddha Purnima 2024: 2586th Birth Anniversary of Gautam Buddha on May 23

Buddha Purnima 2024: Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of Gautam Buddha

Buddha Purnima 2024 marks the 2586th birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha and is celebrated on May 23, 2024. This day holds immense religious significance, especially in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, as it commemorates Buddha's birth on the Full Moon day in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. Known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, it is believed that Gautam Buddha was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This auspicious day also marks Buddha's enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya.

Date and Time

  • Purnima Begins: May 22, 2024, at 6:47 PM
  • Purnima Ends: May 23, 2024, at 7:22 PM


Buddha Purnima is one of the most important festivals celebrated by followers of Gautam Buddha worldwide with great grandeur and enthusiasm. According to Hindu scriptures, this day is considered highly auspicious as it marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. Born in Lumbini, Nepal, between 563 and 483 BCE, Gautama Buddha's teachings have profoundly influenced millions.

Historical Context

Gautama Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha to King Suddhodana and Queen Maya Devi. It was predicted that Siddhartha would become either a great king or a great spiritual leader. To prevent him from choosing a religious path, his father kept him isolated in luxury. However, after encountering an old man, a sick man, and a corpse, Siddhartha felt compelled to understand human suffering. At the age of 29, he left his home in search of answers, meditating under a banyan tree until he attained enlightenment at 35, becoming Mahatma Buddha.

Key Pilgrimage Sites

  • Lumbini: Birthplace of Buddha, marked by the Mayadevi Temple.
  • Bodh Gaya: Site of his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree.
  • Sarnath: Where he first taught the Dharma.
  • Kushinagar: Where he passed away.

On Buddha Purnima, many devotees visit these significant sites to seek blessings and commemorate his life and teachings.


When is Buddha Purnima 2024?

  • Buddha Purnima is celebrated on May 23, 2024, which is the Purnima Tithi of the Hindu month Vaishakha.

Why is Buddha Purnima celebrated?

  • Buddha Purnima is celebrated to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death anniversary of Lord Buddha, also known as Gautam Buddha.
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