The Lumbini is the three days festival of Buddhism religion which is celebrated in the Nagarjunasagara in Hyderabad in state Andhra Pradesh every year. The festival derived its name from the place Lumbini, which is the birth place of Gautam Buddha, the supreme inventor of the religion Buddhism. The festival is observed as one of the prominent festival of the religion and the state.
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Lumbini festival is held from the second Friday till the Sunday for three days in December.
The major purpose is to influence the aura of Buddhist followers around the state. Around 2000 years ago, the state is the main pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and has the mythological traces of the religion. The festival is an excellent opportunity to discover the significance of Buddhism since its origin. During the festival three days, followers of Buddhism gather in the main place in Hyderabad and perform various ceremonial rituals.
The Department of Tourism of the state organized and managed the Lumbini festival in order to attract the large number of tourists and to promote state as a prime tourist destination.
Organized by Andhra Pradesh government, Lumbini festival is held to celebrate the city’s Buddhist past.
The festival is organized by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation to boost tourism in the state. In fact, Lumbini festival gives the perfect opportunity to people to peep into the earlier times, when Buddhism used to be the prevalent religion in Andhra Pradesh. In the month of December, the second Friday marks the beginning of this event. For three days, the celebrations of the festival swathe the entire state with their charm. People from all parts of the world come to take part in the occasion.
The Buddhist culture, tradition, art and religion are the main attractions of this festival. Various cultural activities and shows, local craft and art exhibitions are organised. The tourism department also makes arrangements for thousands of tourists and pilgrims that gather here for this festival.
The festival is named after the place Lumbini, which is considered the birth place of Gautam Buddha. The festival marks the importance of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh, as 2000 years ago Buddhism was the only prevailing religion in the state.