Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

Lumbinī , is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Province No. 5 in Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE,became the Buddha and founded Buddhism, Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha.

Maya devi Temple
Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple and several others which are still under repair. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, the Lumbini International Research Institute, are also within the holy site. Also there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.

Lumbini was made a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997.

Things to see …

Ashokan Pillar in Lumbini
Ashokan Pillar – an inscribed pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha’s birth. The inscription, which is the oldest in Nepal, grants Lumbini a tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth.
Buddhist Temples – there are foundations of temples dating from the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD, and two modern temples: one in Tibetan style, the Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Temple, which was built by the king of Mustang, and one Nepalese Theravada style building, the Lumbini Buddha Vihar, which was built by the Nepalese government and contains Tibetan-style frescoes and Newari-style Buddhist images. Outside the main complex, there are other temples built in the styles of countries where Buddhism is the predominant religion, such as Chinese, Japanese and Burmese.
The Japan Peace Stupa – the 41m imposing structure is situated at the northern end of the gardens.
The Lumbini Museum displays artifacts from the Mauryan and Kushana periods, religious manuscripts and other items discovered at the site. Closed on Tuesdays.
The Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI) is devoted to the study of Buddhism and other religions. It houses an extensive collection of books on religion, art and architecture.
The Golden Temple of Myanmar Oldest structure and beautiful work on temple building.

This to do………..
Soak up the peaceful atmosphere, conducive to meditation and reflection.

Hire a bike- you can barter for any bike for 50 rupees- and bike around the temples. There are a few ‘no bike’ zones- the best way to get to the majority of temples is to come out of the main tourist road and turn right onto the main road then left through the first main gate to the park.

There is the possibility of your tyres being let down- we were approached by a young boy asking for money, claiming he was hungry then pointing us to his friend selling lotus. We declined but returning to our bikes later, found out tyres had been purposely let down. As we’d had no run-ins with anyone else and no real problems with the bike shop, we can only presume it was the boy.

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