The city is celebrating the 2560th Buddha Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha today to pay rich tributes to the man who preached peace and stood for human values.
Buddha Jayanti, better known as Buddha Poornima, is celebrated on the full moon day of Vaishaka month, is celebrated by Buddha followers in quest to know what the famous saint taught. He renounced all the worldly pleasures to achieve peace. Many Buddhist processions and programmes were organised in the arterial roads of the city. Mahabodhi Society and Vishwa Mythri Buddha Vihara jointly organised a procession to mark the day which was inaugurated by Mayor B L Bhyrappa at the Mahabodhi school premises. The procession passed through Fire Brigade, Maharaja Hostel road, Ramaswamy Circle, 100 feet road, RTO circle and reached the Buddha Vihara near Ashoka Circle. Monks, students of Mahabodhi School and others took part in the procession, spreading the messages of Buddha. Former Mayors Purushotham, R Lingappa and others took part in the procession.
Hundreds of Buddhists and followers of Buddhism offered prayers to Buddha at Buddha Vihara near the Ashoka Circle in the city on Saturday. A stage programme is being organised in the evening. District In-Charge and revenue Minsiter V Srinivas Prasad and many dignitaries will grace the occasion.
Distribution of notebooks: Bhagawan Buddha Dhamma Samiti distributed notebooks and sweets to the students at Paduvarahalli to commemorate Buddha Jayanthi.
Ashokapuram Abhimanigala Sangha is organising a programme in the evening at Ambedkar Park where noted writer K S Bhagavan will deliver a lecture on the message of Buddha.