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Lumbini Festival in Hyderabad

by Madhav Srinivasan 4 year, 11 months ago

The Lumbini Festival is one of the most important festivals organized annually by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and celebrated with great fervour and frolic by the followers of Buddhism.

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.

History of 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.

What 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.

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