Mishra, in his message, expressed hope that the occasion will continue to spread Lord Buddha’s message of love, peace and communal harmony amongst the people.
“Lord Buddha showed us the glorious path of right conduct, non-violence, tolerance and universal brotherhood,” Mishra said.
“His teachings have given solace and spiritual strength to the mankind,” Mishra added.
“I trust the auspicious occasion will strengthen the emotional integration, brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst our citizens and bring prosperity, happiness and tranquillity in the society,” he said.
A devout Buddhist himself, CM Khandu said Buddha Jayanti is always an important day in the lives of Buddhists but Buddha Purnima holds specific importance as it falls on a full moon day considered truly holy.
He called upon the people to take time out, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to reflect on Lord Buddha’s teachings of compassion, peace and honesty – virtues that are losing out to modern day’s materialistic cravings.
“May the full moon of Buddha Purnima away the darkness of ignorance, bigotry and hatred and herald an era of contentment, peace and enlightenment for the world!” Khandu added.
“We are going through trying times due to the exponential spread of Covid-19. This Buddha Purnima let’s pray for the wellbeing of all sentient beings,” he said.
Khandu further appealed all to follow the guidelines circulated by the health department and keep safe by maintaining social distancing and following safety protocols.