Lumbini is the birthplace and, probably the holiest place for the Buddhist
pilgrims. This village in Nepal draws hoards of pilgrims from around the
world and is a cherished UNESCO world heritage site. It is believed that on
the way to her paternal home, Maya Devi, the queen of Kapilvastu gave birth
to Tathagata who later on came to be renowned as Lord Buddha. This place is
considered as one of the four Parinirvana places as preached by Lord Buddha
The tranquility and the quite atmosphere naturally make the village a
serene and peaceful destination. Besides, there are numerous Buddhist
organizations, which has sprung up after the discovery of the Ashokan
Pillar. The Buddhist monastery is prominent and is quite active among them.
The place becomes especially attractive during the Buddha Purnima, a
colourful festival to mark the occasion is observed with much fanfare and
Lord Buddha was born to the King of Kapilvastu Shuddodhana in 623 B.C.
According to beliefs Maya Devi, while travelling to her paternal home
delivered Lord Buddha at this place where the temple stands now. Until the
discovery of the Ashokan Pillar by German archaeologist Dr. Phuhrer, the
place was under cover and the search for Buddha's birthplace was on. But the
accidental discovery has lead Nepal to become one
The village falls in the Rupandehi district of the Western Terai province
of Nepal. This place falls on the Nepal India border and is only 122-km away
from Indian City, Gorakhpur.
Ashoka's Column :
This is the oldest historical column of Nepal.
Ashoka was one of the foremost patrons and pilgrims of Buddhism and he built
this column commemorating the birth of Lord Buddha.
Maya Devi Temple :
This temple is probably the most popular among all of
the attractions in Lumbini. The temple houses a splendid statue of Maya Devi
and Lord Buddha as a child. This temple is believed to be more than 2000
years old. The splendid sculpture shows Buddha after his birth standing
upright on a lotus petal and Mayadevi under the Sal tree. It's a beautiful
image and the lonely dedicated to Maya Devi.
The sacred tank, Puskarni
: The nearby tank is considered sacred as it is
said that Maya Devi had taken bath here before Buddha's birth. It is also
said that Buddha was bathed in this lake after bath.
Other places to visit :
There are some other very important Buddhist destinations, not far from
Lumbini which represent the splendid past that was associated with childhood
and younger days of Lord Buddha. Kapilvastu, only 27 km away, represents the
true face of the Shakya Dynasty, through the ruins and remains. Aarorakot,
the town of Kanakmuni Buddha is only 10 km away from the village. Other
important places that are a must visit include Gotihawa (5 km), Kudan (2
km), Naglihawa (8 km) and Sagarhawa (12 km).