PATNA: The holy land of Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar is reverberating with the chants of “Buddham Sharnam Gachchhami (I go to the Buddha for refuge)…” as functions to celebrate the 2,560th birth anniversary Buddha began here early Saturday.
The celebration began with a “peace march” taken out early in the morning by a large number of Buddhist monks, nuns and devotees draped in yellow dresses and carrying banners in their hands.
The march which began from 80-feet Lord Buddha statue reached the Mahabodhi temple adjacent to the holy Peepal tree where Buddha had got enlightenment in the 6th century BC.
A number of programmes have been arranged in Bodh Gaya, Patna and other places related to Buddha to celebrate the occasion in the day today.
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is also expected to grave the occasion at Bodh Gaya.
Special arrangements have also been made at the Gaya international airport and railway station for tourists and Buddhists monks who are expected to reach there to join the Budha Purnima celebrations.
Authorities have beefed security arrangements in and around Bodh Gaya keeping view the expected large rush of the visitors on this occasion.
“Security has been beefed up and senior police officials are keeping a close watch on every activity on this occasion,” local Gaya district senior superintendent of police Garima Malick told the media today.