Celebration of Lord Buddha's Birthday Anniversary was the first public event for
Saurashtra Central Gujarat Chapter. It was very hard to propagate Buddhism in
the society directly. And Rajkot was the perfect place for us to launch our first
public event. Rajkot is also considered as the economical capital of Saurashtra
Mr G. C. Solanki (Asst. Commissioner, Rajkot Municipal Corporation), Mr R. K.
Maheshwary (Chief Fire Officer, RMC), Mr Karnabhai Maldhari (A known Social
(President, Laxmi Society) were invited. Mr J. C. Chavda (Advocate) had welcome
all the guests and participants.
The function was started with Buddha Vandana (prayer, Refuge in the Triple Gem with five precepts). Everyone had
participated in Buddha Vandana followed by Dhammacharya Manjuranta & his wife Minaxi Shreshti and their group. The
function was in three part. Buddha Vandana, Cultural program & Dharma Talk. As it was the first Buddhist public function
in Rajkot City. There were also other functions arranged at other places. But this was the first experiment to go to the
public directly with the Buddhist approach. As per the expectations there was less attendance but our effort was 100%
succeed. At the end of function, many of them come forward and express their gratitude for arranging such celebration.