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Thousands across the sub-continent celebrate Buddha Purnima festival

Updated : 2019-05-19 13:08:50

Thousands across the sub-continent celebrate Buddha Purnima festival, that marks the triple events of Gautam Buddha's life: his birth, his enlightenment and his attaining a state of Nirvana that frees believers from the circle of death and rebirth.

Buddhist monks offer prayers at a temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Buddhist monks offer prayers at a temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Buddhist monks and devotees offer prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata, India, Saturday, May 18, 2019. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Buddhist monks and devotees offer prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata, India, Saturday, May 18, 2019. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Devotees offer prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata, India, Saturday, May 18, 2019. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Devotees offer prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata, India, Saturday, May 18, 2019. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A couple offers prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A couple offers prayers at a Buddhist temple during Buddha Purnima festival in Kolkata. The festival marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A Sri Lankan Buddhist devotee prays at a temple on Buddha Poornima, or Vesak, in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan Buddhist devotee prays at a temple on Buddha Poornima, or Vesak, in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
An unarmed Sri Lankan army soldier secures a Buddhist temple premise as devotees gather for Buddha Poornima in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
An unarmed Sri Lankan army soldier secures a Buddhist temple premise as devotees gather for Buddha Poornima in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan army soldier checks a man at the entrance to a Buddhist temple as devotees mark Buddha Poornima or Vesak in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayaward
A Sri Lankan army soldier checks a man at the entrance to a Buddhist temple as devotees mark Buddha Poornima or Vesak in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayaward
Nepalese Buddhist monks participate in a parade during Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima in Kathmandu. The festival marks the triple events of Gautam Buddha's life: his birth, his enlightenment and his attaining a state of Nirvana that frees believers from the circle of death and rebirth. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese Buddhist monks participate in a parade during Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima in Kathmandu. The festival marks the triple events of Gautam Buddha's life: his birth, his enlightenment and his attaining a state of Nirvana that frees believers from the circle of death and rebirth. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese devotees light incense sticks during Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima in Kathmandu. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese devotees light incense sticks during Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima in Kathmandu. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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