Lumbini, Information about Lumbini, Lumbini Tour


Information about Lumbini

Lumbini, a small town in the Terai region is situated south of the foothills of the Churia Range. Terai is the granary of Nepal and also the home to Royal Chitwan Park. Lumbini is only a few kilometers across the Indian border in Nepal. Lumbini is the most important site for the followers of Lord Budha and those interested in Buddhism. Lumbini is now being developed as a major place of pilgrimage with the assistance of United Nations. There are also green lawns and gardens around this pilgrimage site. The Muslims constitute almost half the population of Lumbini although their population in the whole of Nepal is negligible.

History of Lumbini

The Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, around 544 BC. His father was the ruler of a small State in this area. His mother was on her way to her father’s house when he was born at a small place where she had halted. Emperor Ashoka, one of India’s greatest kings who did the most to spread Buddhism in the world, visited Lumbini in 259 BC to worship at the place where the Buddha was born. In order to identify the place with Lord Buddha, he erected a giant pillar. This pillar is the only proof that Lord Buddha was born here. There is an inscription in the Brahmi language which declares that he made the village free of taxes and a recipient of wealth. The excavation work which has been undertaken recently has unearthed two Chaityas belonging to the 3rd century BC, but the Chinese traveler Huien Tsang who later visited the place had seen these buildings and described them in the 4th century AD. The Chaityas disappeared during the time in the absence of patronage.

Tourist Attractions in Lumbini

The various tourist attractions in Lumbini are the Maya Devi temple, Pushkarani and the Tibetan monastery.

Maya Devi Temple
The Maya Devi Temple belongs to the Maya Devi, the mother of Lord Buddha. This temple was built in the 19th century and sacred shrine of both the Buddhists and Hindus. This temple has a stone bas-relief of the Buddha's birth scene and is believed to have been built over an earlier 5th century temple which has replaced the Ashoka temple.

The Pushkarani is the sacred pool where the Maya Devi, the Lord Buddha's mother take a bath before giving birth to the Lord Buddha. It is also the place where the Gautama was given his ritual purification.

Tibetan monastery
The Tibetan monastery was built in 1975. This monastery has the old murals, interesting paintings on its walls and a large bronze image of the Buddha. The another Buddhist monastery is modern and contains a large thangka and carved wooden gate. This monastery has a white Buddha image donated by the Burmese.

How to reach here

By Air:
The nearest aiport is located at Bhairava, only 22 kms. from Lumbini. Lumbini is also located close to Siddharthanagar which has regular flights from Kathmandu.

By Road:
Lumbini is also connected by road with Bhairava, Pokhara and Kathmandu via Narayanghat.

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