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Lumbini (The Birth-place of Lord Buddha)

  

 

Lumbini, is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal where Shakyamuni Buddha was born to a royal family as Prince Siddhartha Gautam in 623 B.C. who later became light of Asia-the enlightened one. The sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of the world's great religions and contains the important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries from a very early period. An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi; the images of Buddha's mother Maya Devi are still preserved here. To the south of temple is a pool called 'Puskarni' where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath. And the other attraction is large stone pillar, which is erected by Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 B.C., the pillar is 6 m. high of which half lies underground. The visitors can take flight (35 minutes) to Bhairahawa then 22 km. road to Lumbini or by road from major cities like Kathmandu (284km / 177miles) and Pokhara (286km / 179miles). The best season for visit is the spring one.

 

At the time of his birth, the city was the part of the Kingdom of Kapilvastu which is 30 km/18 miles north-west of Lumbini. It evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant, and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC. A must for archeological and historical buffs! Besides its religious and historical significance, Lumbini offers cultural insights into the village life of southern Nepal. Kapilvastu Museum is situated 27 km. west of Lumbini in the village of Tilaurakot. The Museum holds coins, pottery and collection of jewelry and other ornaments dating between the 7th century B.C. and 4th century A.D.