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Dharma Chakra Day is celebrated to commemorate Buddha’s first teaching

At the Dharma Chakra Divas (3rd July), President of India highlighted the importance of Buddha’s teachings and called upon their attention to take inspiration from them. The Ministry of Culture, government of India in partnership with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) celebrated Dharma Chakra Day.

Key Points of Dharma Chakra Day

  • The President highlighted the significance of embracing sheel (morality), Sadachaar (good conduct) and Pragya (wisdom) to empower the younger generation and make a positive contribution to the society.
  • 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?

Dharma Chakra also known as wheel of Dharma is a widespread symbol used in most of the Indian religion which includes Hinduism, Jainism and especially Buddhism. Dharma Chakra is widely used to represent the Buddha’s dharma i.e. Buddha’s teachings and the universal moral order.

About Dharma Chakra Day

  • Dharma Chakra Day is celebrated to commemorate the Buddha’s first teaching after attaining enlightenment.
  • Dharma Chakra Day is observed on the full moon day of Asadha in the Indian Sun calendar.
  • Dharma Chakra Day is also observed on Guru Purnima.
  • Dharma Chakra Day is organized by the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the International Buddhist Federation (IBF).
  • Dharma Chakra Day in the second important day for the Buddhist after Buddha Purnima.
  • Dharma Chakra Day marks the beginning of the rainy season.
  • This day is called by different names at different places i.e. Asadha Purnima at India, Esala Poya at Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha at Thailand.

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