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Lumbini festival of India

Posted on December 14, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

India is a land of festivals, culture, tradition and religious trends. So there is no dearth of festivals in the country. For instance, celebrations like the Lumbini festival are much looked forward to and are celebrated with a lot of pomp and reverence. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha was born, and left behind Buddhism for all his devotees. Lumbini is thus a great place of pilgrimage for not only Buddhists, but for tourists across the world. Named after the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the festival commemorates the heritage that the BLumbini festivaluddha has left behind and celebrates the spirit of Buddhist religion in Andhra Pradesh. So the Lumbini festival marks the importance of Buddhism in the world and the effect of its heritage in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Held for three days, the festival focuses on Buddha’s teachings and entertaining the people and the pilgrims with Buddhist heritage and traditions.

The Nagarjunasagar Dam in Hyderabad which is the festival venue gets ready for the celebrations of the Lumbini festival. Hugely famous in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, this festival goes on for three days. The festival is organized completely by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, which plans and organizes the whole event. The activities, arrangements and other events for the festival are also supervised by the Government.

Nagarjunasagar Dam in Hyderabad

The whole idea of having the festival is in reverence of the Great Buddha who was born in Lumbini.  Thus Andhra Pradesh showcases its patronage of Buddhism through this extravaganza. Dating back to 2000 years ago, when Buddhism was prevalent here in Andhra Pradesh, the festival is being celebrated every year to celebrate the existence of the Buddha

Gautama BuddhaThus, the Lumbini festival is a form of remembrance of Gautama Buddha and also encourages the Buddhist heritage and culture. The teachings of Buddha are inculcated in the festival with the help of various activities and other forms. The festival is full of fun also grandeur. Many devotees across the world make it a point to attend the Lumbini festival. They gather here and honor the Great Buddha and the heritage that he has given to the world.

Normally the Lumbini festival is celebrated annually. It is held in Hyderabad in respect of the Buddhist heritage. Observed on the weekends and continuing for three days, the festival normally is scheduled on the second Friday of the month of December. Comprising of innumerable programmes, the other events include sports activities, cultural programmes, fairs and melas, food fairs, trekking activities and fashion shows. Thus the Lumbini festival is a get together for people from all backgrounds and a religious hub for all Buddhists. People who participate into the festival also get to feel the famous unity in Buddhism. All Buddhists, revere this festival a lot as this gives them a chance to pay homage to the great Buddha and respect all his teachings. They go back in time and meet Buddha and come back rejuvenated and refreshed with his teachings.

The place where the festival is held is around 200 kms from the city of Hyderabad which is greatly connected to the city with the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport. The frequency of buses is good so go ahead and enjoy this panorama of arts and crafts.

With so much to showcase, the Lumbini festival is surely a great Indian festival in the month of December.

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