President Office, In partnership with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), the Union Ministry of Culture  ‎Prahlad Singh Patel will be organizing the celebrations for the Dhamma Chakra Day on Asadha Poornima on the July 4th 2020. The celebrations for the day were begin from the Rashtrapati Bhawan by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

yearly on the 1st full moon day in July is celebrated as Dhamma Chakra Day. The 1st full moon day of July is called Asadha Poornima in India, Esala Poya in Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha in Thailand.

After Buddha Poornima or Vesak, Dhamma Chakra Day is the 2nd most sacred day in Buddhism.

Dhamma Chakra Day

The Dhamma Chakra Day is celebrated all over the world to commemorate the 1st sermon that Gautama Buddha gave to his 5 ascetic disciples (5 monks). Gautama Buddha gave his 1st sermon on the day on the full moon in July of Asadha. The first sermon by Gautama Buddha is recorded in Buddhist text- Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.

Gautama Buddha gave the 1st sermon at the Deer Park in Rsipatana (present-day Sarnath in UP).

Celebrations for the Day

Current year the celebrations will be conducted virtually due to the pandemic.  President Kovind inaugurated the day’s celebration virtually at 9 am from Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi.

Dhamma Chakra Day 2020 Celebrations