Buddha Purnima celebrates the birthday of Lord Buddha. It is also a memory of his enlightenment and death. It's the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. Despite the fact that Buddhists view each full moon as sacred, the moo during the month of Vaisakh has extraordinary importance in light of the fact that on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and achieved parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he passed on. The dharma chakra or dharma wheel is an image frequently seen during Buddha Purnima. It is a wooden wheel with eight spokes. The wheel symbolizes Buddha's teaching on the path to enlightenment. The eight spokes represent the eightfold way of Buddhism. Buddhism, like other religions, also teaches peace, tolerance, kindness, and compassion. Buddhists accept that life is in constant motion and that through good deeds we can shift the direction of life. Buddhism accepts that we get what we give, and the essence of karma.
Activities including prayer meets, sermons, religious discourses, recitation of Buddhist sacred text, group meditation, processions, and worship of the statue of Buddha are a part of this festival. A few temples display a small statue of Buddha as a child. The sculpture is set in a bowl filled with water and decorated with flowers. Devotees who visit the temple, pour water over the statue. This represents a pure and fresh start.
On Buddha Purnima, individuals dress in white garments and give out kheer (a rice pudding). As per legend, a lady named Sujata once offered Gautam Buddha kheer on his birthday and it has since become a practice. Buddhists celebrate by making an exemplary Indian kheer and offering it to individuals less fortunate than themselves. So, This Buddha Purnima, we hope the pandemic doesn't stop you from caring, sharing, and preparing this heavenly delight!
1 tablespoon ghee
Seeds from 6 green cardamom pods, crushed in a mortar and pestle
¼ cup short grain rice
3 cups whole milk
½ – ¾ cup sugar
½ cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons rosewater
Large handful of unsalted pistachios and a large pinch of saffron threads to garnish