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Message of world peace

The 2558th Buddha Jayanti, which was observed on Wednesday, saw all communities in the steel city come together to spread the message of world peace.

The celebrations, organised by Bodhi Society at Sakchi-based Bodhi Temple, began with a prayer for world peace and ended with talks on religious discourses.

A world peace flag was also hoisted on the occasion.

Sources from the organisers said Buddha Jayanti was celebrated to commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.

The three crucial occurrences of Buddha’s life took place on the day of Baishakh Purnima, they added.

While adherents of Buddhist faith formed a majority of those who flocked to the Sakchi venue, people from all communities attended the prayer sessions.

“We organise the Buddha Purnima every year to spread the message of peace and take the Buddha’s teachings to the people. We organise a number of welfare activities round the year. We help the needy and promote Buddha’s philosophy of Panchshila that can help us attain the aim of world peace,” said P.K. Mishra, president of Bodhi Society in Jamshedpur.

The celebrations also witnessed political guests like Congress MLA Banna Gupta and BJP candidate from Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat Bidyut Baran Mahto.

“Buddhism spreads the message of peace and non-violence. We should be motivated by Buddha’s preachings and implement them in our lives,” Gupta told the visitors on the occasion.

Members of the Buddhist outfit visited the Baradwari-based old age home Nirmal Hriday and distributed fruits among inmates.

They also organised a voluntary blood donation camp on the Bodhi Society premises. Cultural performances by children added colour to the celebrations.

This apart, monks of the outfit engaged in discussion on religious issues and Buddhist philosophy on the occasion.

The Buddhist community has about 1,000 followers in the steel city.

The Bodhi Society was established in 1957 and has been organising Buddha Purnima celebrations annually.

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