What is the Ashadha Purnima?

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The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, will celebrate Ashadha Purnima on July 3, as the Dharma Chakra Pravartana Divas at the National Museum, New Delhi.

About Ashadha Purnima:


  • The day is also celebrated as Guru Purnima and it falls every year on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha as per the Indian lunar calendar.
  • The day is also celebrated as Esala Poya in Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha in Thailand
  • The day is remembered for the first teaching of Gautam Budha after attaining Enlightenment to the first five ascetic disciples (pancavargiya) on at 'Deer Park', RisipatanaMrigadaya in the present day Sarnath, near Varanasi.
  • This day is also aptly observed as Guru Purnima by both Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark reverence to their gurus.
  • This day also marks the beginning of the rainy season retreat for the Monks and Nuns also starts with this day.
  • The season lasts for three months from July to October. During the season they remain in a single place, generally in their temples dedicated to intensive meditation.


Q1) What are The Four Noble Truths in Buddhism?

The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

Source: Guru Purnima 2023: IBC to celebrate Ashadha Purnima in Delhi's National Museum today