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Covid effect: Devotees observe Buddha Purnima online in Kolkata

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The 2,565th Buddha Purnima — which is believed to be the birth, attainment of illumination and the passing day of Lord Buddha — was observed with veneration across Buddhist viharas in the city. The viharas were closed for the devotees to prevent the spread of Covid while prayers were offered by resident monks at dawn and then in the evening. The prayers were live streamed so that devotees could join from home.
Most of the people stayed home and prayed to Lord Buddha for deliverance against Covid and safety from Yaas. As the day progressed and the sky cleared up, the evening prayers were of relief and gratitude. The two traditional offerings like ‘payesh’ and fruits were made in the viharas and at homes.
“After the prayers, we spent the day distributing dry ration among the needy. We also distributed PPE kits among hospital staff,” said Arunjyoti Bhikkhu, head of Sambodhi Buddha Vihara at Tollygunge.

Every year, Buddhists from across the state congregate at Rani Rashmoni Road to celebrate the day, but this year the programme was called off due to the pandemic.

The 128-year-old Bauddha Dharmankur Sabha organised a virtual programme to discuss the life and teachings of the Buddha, said the president, Hemendu Bikas Chowdury. Virtual programmes were also organised by Ananda Palit Bidarshan Shiksha Kendra. Most viharas distributed ‘prasad’ and food among the needy.

Source: Times of India

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