Agartala/Itanagar: Thousands of devotees at monasteries and temples in northeast India Wednesday offered prayers on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.
Buddha Jayanti falls on the full-moon day of Vaisakh (April - May). Millions of people take part in prayer ceremonies in the memory of the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha over 25 centuries ago.
Among the tribals in northeast India, Chakma, Mog, Uchoi and Barua tribes follow Buddhism.
"Lord Buddha made humanity his religion. This has motivated thousands of people to follow his teachings," said Srota Ranjan Khisa, Chakma tribal and editor of a local newspaper.
On this day not only the Buddhists but people from other religions too gather in monasteries and temples and pray for peace.