Dharma Chakra Day | UPSC
PM addresses on the occasion of Dharma Chakra Day
WHY IN NEWS:
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today delivered a video address on the occasion of inauguration of Dharma Chakra Day.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Festivals : Buddhism
For PRELIMS note the significance of Dharma Chakra Day .
For MAINS open Tamil Nadu state text book and go through the chapter Buddhism .
DHARMA CHAKRA DAY
- COMMEMORATION : This day commemorates Gautam Buddha’s First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP.
- SACRED DAY : It is the second most sacred day for Buddhists after the Buddha Poornima or Vesak.
- GURU PURNIMA : Prime Minister conveyed his greetings on Ashadha Poornima, also known as Guru Purnima, and also paid homage to Lord Buddha.
- SEASONAL RETREAT : The Rainy Season retreat (Varsha Vassa) for the Monks and Nuns also starts with this day lasting for three lunar months from July to October.
- MEDITATION : During which they remain in a single place, generally in their temples (Viharas/ Chaityas) dedicated to intensive meditation.
India should concentrate more on :
- Buddhist pilgrimage centres.
- Constructing Buddhism corridors .
- Enhance people to people contact etc.