Indian President Ramnath Kovind will inaugurate the Dharma Chakra Day from the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Indians by emphasizing the teachings of Lord Buddha on the occasion of Asaadh Poornima, stated an official release.
The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is celebrating Asadha Poornima on July 4, 2020, as Dharma Chakra Day. This day commemorates Buddha’s First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP. The day is also celebrated by Buddhists all over the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or “Turning of the Wheel of Dharma”. This day is also aptly observed as Guru Poornima by both Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark reverence to their Gurus.
In keeping with the historical legacy of India being the land of Buddha’s enlightenment, his turning the wheels of Dharma, and Mahaparinirvana, the Prime Minister would stress on the teachings of peace and justice of Lord Buddha and the Eight Fold Path shown by him to overcome sufferings of sentient beings.
The Minister of Culture Prahlad Patel and Minister of State for Minorities Affairs, Kiren Rijiju will also address the opening ceremony. A special address by the President of Mongolia will also be read out and a valuable Buddhist manuscript of Indian origin preserved in Mongolia for centuries together will be presented to the President of India.
The rest of the events on this day, including messages from top Buddhist religious leaders, Masters, and Scholars from different parts of the world will be streamed from Sarnath and Bodh Gaya, the release added.