Also known as Vesak day or Buddha Purnima at various part of the world is the most holy festival of the Buddhist peoples. This day is observed as holiday in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore , Sri Lanka etc. The festival commemorates the birth, the enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
pic: Kek Lok Si Tem
Gautama Buddha (also known as Siddhattha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama) was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism.He taught for around 45 years and built a large following, both monastic and lay.
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment.
For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.
In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple (in Pic -Right), located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.