Saga Dawa Festival Brief Introduction:
Saga Dawa festival is the most significant festival for Buddhists. This festival celebrates in a way of tribute to the life of Lord Buddha. Saga Dawa celebrates the full moon of the Tibetan lunar month. Tibetans called this festival ‘Saga Dawa’.
The Buddhists believe that the festival celebrates as a blessed tribute festival. This Saga Dawa festival indicates the three events that happened on the same day in the life of Buddha. On this same month and the same day, Lord Buddha took birth, attained enlightenment and passed away attaining Nirvana.
The three events in the life of Lord Buddha:
On this festival day, the devotees celebrate the three events in the life of Lord Buddha. The first event was Queen Mahamaya gave birth to Siddhartha in Lumbini in Nepal. He born in Sakya Clan around 560 B.C. Mahamaya died when Siddhartha was a little child. Then he was brought up under Gautham. Due to the predictors, His father, Sudhodana, makes Siddhartha’s life very comfortable and keeps him away from the world’s miseries. At the age of 29, he saw four painful and unfortunate incidents publically. His heart was rendered with pain, and he wants to know the salvation for the pain.
He also realized that all worldly pleasures were tentative and unreal. He left his family and palace at night and wandered for many years in search of the truth. His quest for truth was not stopped, finally, he reached Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. There his mind became very peaceful, and seated under the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment at the age of thirty-five. This was the second event that happened on the full moon day. Lastly, he passed away and went to his heavenly abode at the age of eighty Kusinara. These three events happened on the full moon day.
Devotees on the Festival Day:
On the festival day, all the devotees gathered at the Buddha temples, especially the Tibetans gather, to pray at the Potala Palace, which the official residence of the Dalai Lama was. The devotees memorized the three events in the life of Buddha and praised the glory of Lord Buddha. The devotees also pray for the long life of all the holy gurus. They follow the teachings of Buddha and spread them among the people for world peace.