Prime Minister will address the ceremony held on 4 July 2020 on Dharma Chakra Day/Ashada Purnima

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="768"]Narendra Modi Narendra Modi (file photo) | image- PIB[/caption]

The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, will celebrate Ashadha Purnima on July 4, 2020 as Dharma Chakra Day.

This day is also celebrated by Buddhists all over the world as the Day of Dharma Chakra Pravartan or 'Rotation of the Wheel of Dharma'. The day is also celebrated as 'Guru Poornima' by both Buddhists and Hindus to pay respect to their respective gurus.

In keeping with the knowledge and awakening of Lord Buddha, revolving of his Dharma Chakra and the land of Mahaparinirvana, in accordance with the historical heritage of India, the Honorable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the ceremony organized on the Dhamma Chakra Day from Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will deliver a video address on the occasion during which he will lay special emphasis on Lord Buddha's teachings of peace and justice and to walk on the high eighth path shown by him to overcome the suffering of conscious beings.

Culture Minister Prahlad Patel and Minister of State for Minority Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju will also address the inauguration ceremony. A special address by the President of Mongolia will also be read on the occasion and a valuable Buddhist manuscript of Indian origin preserved in Mongolia for centuries will be presented to the Honorable President of India.

The rest of the other important events that will be organized on this day include the live streaming of messages from top Buddhist leaders, distinguished experts and scholars from different parts of the world from Sarnath and Bodh Gaya.

Like the highly successful 'Virtual Vaishakh (Buddha Purnima)' held on 7 May this year due to the Covid-19 epidemic, this entire program is also being conducted in a virtual manner. The event on July 4 is expected to be watched by around 3 million devotees worldwide through 'Live Webcast'.