Saga Dawa Festival Brief Introduction:
Saga Dawa festival is the most significant festival for the Buddhists. This festival celebrates in the way of tribute to the life of Lord Buddha. Saga Dawa celebrates on the full moon of Tibetan lunar month. Tibetans called this festival ‘Saga Dawa’.
The Buddhists believe that the festival celebrates as tribute blessed festival. This Saga Dawa festival indicates about the three different events which happened on the same day in the life of Buddha. On this same month and 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 brought up under Gautham.Due to the predictors, His father Sudhodana make Siddhartha life very comfortable and keep him away from the miseries of the world. At the age of 29, he saw four pain and miserable incidents publically. His heart was rendered with pain and wants to know the salvation for the pains.
He also realised that all the worldly pleasures were tentative and unreal. He left his family and palace in the night and started wandering 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 which happened on the full moon day. Lastly, he passed away and went to heavenly abode at the age of eighty in 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, where the official residence of Dalai Lama. The devotees memorized the three events in the life of Buddha and praise 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 among the people for world peace.