One day during a midsummer festival, his wife Queen Maya dreamed a vivid dream.A white elephant descended from heaven and entered her womb.
The white elephant was a sacred animal representing fertility and wisdom.
On the way to Devadaha, the procession passed Lumbini Grove, which was full of blossoming trees. Entranced, the Queen asked her courtiers to stop, and she left the palanquin and entered the grove.
Queen Mahamaya stood holding the branch of the Ashoka tree with her right hand, painlessly gave birth to Gautama in the park of Lumbini .
infant stood, and took seven steps and declared “I alone am the World-Honored One.” And he pointed up with one hand and down with the other, to indicate he would unite heaven and earth.The baby Buddha’s seven steps evoke seven directions – north, south, east, west, up, down, and here.
Buddha seated himself beneath the Bodhi Tree in the meditation posture and vowed not to rise from meditation until he had attained perfect enlightenment.
Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a result of this request, Buddha rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma.
Buddha’s Birthday is based on the Asian lunisolar calendars and is primarily celebrated in Baisakh month of the Buddhist calendar and the Bikram Sambat Hindu calendar, and hence it is also called Vesak. Which is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist calendar.