HRH Princess Maha Chakri Siridhorn, representing His Majesty the King, presided over a royal merit-making ceremony to mark Visakha Bucha Day and the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment on June 4, 2012 at Buddhamonthon in Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom.
The princess offered robes to Buddhist monks and led a candle-lit procession to commemorate Buddha’s three major life events—his birth, enlightenment and passing—all of which fell on Visakha day, the full moon day of the sixth lunar month.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit presented a verbal report for the event, which was part of a nationwide celebration under the theme of Buddha Jayanti: 2,600 Years of Buddha’s Enlightenment.
The term Buddha Jayanti refers to the anniversary of Buddha’s complete victory over maras (temptations) and kilesa (defilements) as he attained enlightenment on the Visakha day 2,600 years ago
The celebration was organized to pay homage to Buddha and his teachings that have served as the primary guide for Buddhists to conduct their lives and to dedicate the merit making on the occasion to His Majesty the King, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and other members the royal family, whose patronage has upheld Buddhism as Thailand’s main religion.
Mahidol University President
Prof. Rajata Rajatanavin led a group of university administrators, faculty members and students that joined representatives of government and private organizations and other Buddhists in attendance at the ceremony and took part in the candle-lit procession around Phra Si Sakaya Dasabalayan Prathan Buddhamonthon Sudassana, the park’s presiding Buddha statute.
Date : June 6, 2012