May 16, 2022
Buddha Purnima celebrated with festive fervor in Ladakh
The Buddha Purnima was celebrated with festive fervor in Ladakh. After two years of gap due to COVID pandemic, Ladakh Buddhist Association organized Buddha Purnima celebrations, in Polo Grounds in Leh. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche participated in the celebrations this year.
With the majority of Buddhists, Buddha Purnima is always the biggest celebration in Leh. People from all walks of life take part in the celebrations.
Participating as the Chief Guest, His Holiness Chetsan Rinpoche explained the importance of following Lord Buddha shown path. He also referred important episodes of Buddha’s life to the audience.
Speaking on the occasion, Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R. K. Mathur said, teachings of Buddha are always to be followed. He said, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar incorporated the essence of Buddhism in the Constitution. Mr. Mathur said that UT Administration is happy to work with the Monasteries on social causes. He announced in over 30 Monasteries the Administration would begin planting Juniper, a sacred plant in this part of the country, this month. Similarly, Administration is also taking active part in One and half lakh plantation in Chushul, guided by the UN Ambassador for Mountain Initiatives H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche, this June 5th on World Environment Day under ‘Go Green, Go Organic’ banner. Mr Mathur also said, Kushak Bakula Rinpoche Museum in Spituk is also in the UT plans. He also thanked LBA for inviting HH The 14th Dalai Lama to Ladakh in this summer.
Leh Hill Council Chairman, CEC Tashi Gyaltson, Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Ladakh Buddhist Association President Thupstan Chewang, Ladakh Gonpa Association President Shetup Chemba and others were also present in the Buddha Purnima celebrations.
Earlier, people led a procession carrying religious texts of Buddha teachings and decorated tableaus with Buddha Statue. Covering main streets of Leh, the procession reached Polo Grounds, where the students from different schools presented cultural programmes.