Dharma Chakra Day - 3rd July

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During the Dharma Chakra Pravartan Divas celebrations (3rd July), the President of India emphasized the significance of Buddha's teachings and urged the youth to find inspiration in them.

An overview of the news

  • The President highlighted the importance of embracing Sheel (morality), Sadhachar (good conduct), and Pragya (wisdom) to empower the younger generation and make a positive contribution to society.

  • Additionally, the contract for the construction of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, Nepal, was successfully awarded.

What is Dharma Chakra?

  • The dharma chakra, also known as the wheel of dharma, holds significant symbolism in various Indian religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, and notably, Buddhism.

  • Within Buddhism, the dharma chakra symbolizes the Buddha's teachings and the universal moral order known as Dharma.

About Dharma Chakra Day

  • Dharma Chakra Day is celebrated to commemorate Buddha’s first teaching after attaining enlightenment.

  • It is observed on the full moon day of Asadha in the Indian sun calendar. It is also observed as Guru Purnima.

  • Organized by - Ministry of Culture in partnership with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)

  • Significance - Second most sacred day for Buddhists after Buddha Poornima (Vesak)

  • The day marks the beginning of the Rainy Season retreat for monks and nuns.

  • Other Names - Asadha Poornima (India); Esala Poya (Sri Lanka); Asanha Bucha (Thailand)

  • Guru Purnima - Falls on a full-moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh. Dedicated to Maharshi Veda Vyasa, editor of the Vedas and creator of Hindu scriptures.

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