Around a hundred Buddhists assembled in Bahujan Vihar Buddha Temple in Parel on Buddha Purnima, where monk Bhikshu Lankaji presided over an hour-long prayer ceremony.
Buddha Purnima celebrates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and attainment of Nirvana.
The prayers were chanted in Pali, so the worshippers could not repeat most of the lines, but sat in rapt silence. The temple workers laid out a simple meal for the worshippers.
“There are some Buddhists in this area, but many more come to our temple in Worli,” Lankaji said.
“I used to come to the temple more often. Now my sister no longer lives in Mumbai and my father has passed away, so I don’t come here regularly, even though I live very close by,” said Ranjana Jadhav.
The Nipponzan Myohoji temple, a Japanese Buddhist temple that has provided an oasis of calm at Worli Naka since 1952, was crowded on Thursday. “People from different castes and communities come here on Buddha Jayanti,” said Bhikshu Morita, the resident monk, who has been running the temple ever since he came to Mumbai from Japan in 1966.