“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
Vesak is a full moon day tonight! Always associated with the grand celebrations we saw during the six years in Singapore. At several public places, it’s a carnival-like atmosphere, where thousands gather to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. (All on the same day.)
In 2007, Ngee-Ann City fountain on Orchard Road was one of the venues. We lived just around the corner and saw the place being setup over a few days. When finished, it was so very beautiful. Engaging for both the young and old, yet filled with the dignity and peace of the Buddha.
About ten years ago, Srivathsa did a Buddhist tour, with a few friends. He recalls that the guide said, “Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini, the Buddha was born in Bodh Gaya and Buddhism was born in Sarnath.”
Pictures by Srivathsa, taken at various locations in November 2009.
Lumbini is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE.
Bodh Gaya is the place where Siddhartha Gautama is said to have attained enlightenment.
Sujata Village is close to Bodh Gaya, and named after the girl who offered kheer to Siddhartha Gautama when he went wandering there, reduced to a skeleton.
Kushinagar is the most important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists, because the Buddha took his last breath at this place.