The tests were initiated on May 11, 1998, on the day of Buddha Purnima, PM Modi recalled, as he wished the people on the occasion to be observed on Monday. "We have also never tried to create a distinction between religions", Modi said while addressing the gathering at the function organised by the Ministry of Culture.
During his 43rd edition of the monthly programme 'Mann Ki Baat, ' the Prime Minister said that Baba Saheb worked to strengthen the oppressed, exploited, deprived standing on the brink of marginalisation via the Constitution of India. India has never been an aggressor. The dharma chakra, a wooden wheel, often seen during Vesak, represents the Buddha's teachings on the path to enlightenment, the spokes symbolising the noble eight-fold path of Buddhism.
While speaking on the teachings of the Buddha, Modi said all ideologies which had originated in India were based on the welfare of humankind and the environment. Indian religions are inclusive and tolerant, quotes ANI.
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The Prime Minister also shared his own pictures from different parts of India, where he "got the opportunity to pray to Lord Buddha".
The event was attended by Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Secretary-General Dr Dhammapiya.
Every year, Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day in the Nepali month of Baishakh marking Buddha's birth, attainment of enlightenment and his death.
The Prime Minister will also be performing the offering of Sangha Dana (Cheevar Vastram and Sacred Leaf of Bodhi Tree) to the venerated Sangha, the release said.