The festival is spread across a span of
over three days usually held in the month of December where followers and
devotees of the Buddha gather at the Buddha’s birthplace of Lumbini and
remember the teaching of the Buddha. The Tourism Department of the Government
of Andhra Pradesh promotes and organizes this important festival annually to
highlight the remaining traces of Buddhism in the state. Book your holiday tours in Andhra to be a part of this exciting event.
The event usually takes place on the
Nagarjunasagar Dam thereby attracting a horde of tourists from India and abroad
to the state’s capital Hyderabad.
the Lumbini Festival
Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautama
Buddha, who is hailed as one of the important Buddhist Pilgrimage sites in India.
The festival thus takes the name of the Buddha’s birthplace and is celebrated
as the Lumbini Festival. The event usually kicks-off every second Friday on the
wintery month of December and lasts for three days where the teaching and
philosophies of Buddha are preached, taught and remembered.
The event marks for
the 2000 year odd history of the prevalence of Buddhism in the state. In fact,
over 2000 years before, Buddhism was the only religion that had more prevalence
in the state than others and the state was ruled by famous Emperor Asoka, who
was a strong patron of the religion. The festival is celebrated to highlight
and signify the presence and importance of the religion of Buddhism.
Happens at the Lumbini Festival?
Thousands of Buddhist followers gather in
the city and state during this time to celebrate this festival with grandeur. The devotees listen and remember the teachings
of the Buddha and thereby honour the religion. The three day long festival
involves reconnecting and remembering the teachings of the Buddha in various
forms and events.
The festival being hugely popular in Andhra
Pradesh attracts a horde of tourists, therefore prompting the Government to
promote the festival and make all the appropriate arrangements and plan all the
activities, celebrations and other events for all the pilgrims gathered during
this time. You can also book tour packages from Hyderabad to enjoy a visit to the famous destinations close to Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is host to a huge monolithic
statue of Buddha and is one of the two places where the festival is held. Apart
from Hyderabad, the Nagarjunasagar is the other centre where the festival is
celebrated and sees exotic and dances and other cultural performances being
conducted that attracts a lot of tourists and devotees of Gautama Buddha who
all make a bee-line to the capital city.
How to Reach there ?
The nearest airport and railway station is
at Hyderabad. Road or rail travel is preferred while travelling from Hyderabad
to Nagarjunasagar. The festival which takes place on the Nagarjunasagar Dam
constructed on the river Krishna is approximately 150 km from Hyderabad. The
nearest railhead is about 22 km from the dam called Macherla. There are regular
buses from Hyderabad and Vijayawada that you can take to reach Nagarjunasagar.
Thus, to hail the teachings and
philosophies of Lord Buddha and to connect with your inner soul by remembering
his divine thoughts, come down and join the Lumbini Festival.