DIBRUGARH, May 15 � Buddha Purnima, the blessed festival of the Buddhists was celebrated in Pariyati Sasana Buddha Vihara at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh with much enthusiasm and devotion. The day marks the birth, attainment of enlightenment and Nirvana of Lord Buddha. Villagers and people from different communities took active part in a religious procession with a statue of Lord Buddha in a decorated vehicle in the township during the celebration.
Delivering his discourse, Pingyaloka, director, Mahabodhi College, Namsai, asked the devotees especially the young generation to follow the teachings and principles of Lord Buddha in day to day life. His teachings guide us to follow the right path and help find inner peace and shuns violence in the present context, he said.
Former director of the Tezu station of All India Radio, Miaong Monlai, who is also a Pali graduate, in his speech advised that the inmates and disciples staying in the temple compound should imbibe in themselves a good ethical personality.
The major attraction of the day was the hoisting of the World Buddhist Flag in the temple campus. Other programmes during the day included a religious meeting, community feast for devotees and a cultural programme by children and songs by Chau Swinwai Longkan.