Lumbini, one of the important religious sites of Buddhist people locates in Rupandehi district of Nepal. According to the Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 B.C. This happened in the beautiful Sal grove, which is now the focal point of Lumbini Garden. Mayadevi, the Queen of Shakya King Suddhodhana of Kapilvastu, while passing through Lumbini garden took a bath in Puskarini Pokhari. And soon after she took a support of a tree branch, she gave birth to Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha.
Visit beautiful monasteries built by different Buddhist countries such as China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, and Myanmar. Not to mention, you can observe the different architecture and prayer areas. Immerse yourself in the peaceful environment and above all you can visit the Mayadevi Temple which dates back to 2200 years. Moreover, the temple archaeologically proves to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. You can also walk around the garden or find a peaceful spot to contemplate.
Major attractions of the place
Mayadevi Temple acknowledges being one of the important pilgrimage sites in the Lumbini garden. Many historians and archaeologist have proved it to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Also, the inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillar refer the spot to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. It abides to be the place where the newly born prince took his first seven steps and gave a peaceful message to the humanity.
The Ashoka Pillar stands next to the Mayadevi Temple, which marks the spot where the Buddha was born. Emperor Ashoka of India during his visit to Lumbini built the pillar in about 249 B.C. The pillar stands at 6 meters and made from pink sandstone. A small fence surrounds the pillar that decorates with colorful prayer flags. Also, it has bowls to light incense sticks. The pillar holds a historical significance and a major attraction of Lumbini.
World Peace Pagoda
Located outside the main compound, the imposing World Peace Pagoda persists to be one of the world’s greatest stupas. Japanese Buddhists build up the stupa at a cost of US$ 1 million. The gleaming stupa illustrates the Buddha in an assumed posture of when he was born. Furthermore, a walk around the stupa gives you a panoramic view of Lumbini.
Myanmar Golden Temple
The Myanmar Golden Temple accepts to be one of the oldest in the compound. The temple includes three prayer halls. The most impressive is topped by a corncob-shaped shikhara (tower), styled after the temples of Bagan. Also, within the temple grounds is the Lokmani Pula Pagoda, another Burmese style pagoda that resembles the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon.