Lumbini, famously known as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist site in the world.
Enlisted in UNESCO World heritage sites, this sacred place not only holds religious pilgrimage but also encompasses the majestic beauty of nature.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini.
Lumbini is honored with diverse destinations, instruments, and shrines of different phases of Buddha’s life.
This beautiful piece of heaven offers an assortment of attractions identified with the various occurrences in Buddha’s life.
The major fascination of Lumbini incorporates Mayadevi Temple, Ashokan column, Myanmar Golden Temple, World Peace Pagoda, Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, China Temple, and Lumbini Museum.
Attractions of Lumbini
Mayadevi Temple is the main temple of Lumbini located behind the sacred pool also known as Puskarni. Maya Devi Temple marks the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in around 563BC.
A sandstone with the carving of the birth of Buddha, left by Malla King, Ripu Malla, in the 14th century is the prime attraction of this temple. Though the archaeological remains at this site were previously dated to the third-century BCE brick buildings constructed by Ashoka.
The Ashokan Pillar was built there in Lumbini to celebrate Ashoka’s visit to Lumbini. The famous Pillar is located next to the Mayadevi Temple, and today represents the spot where Lord Buddha was born.
Though the Pillar was lost for quite a long while. However, it was rediscovered in 1896 by Khadga Shumsher Rana, the Governor of Palpa.
World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is situated outside the fundamental compound. This splendid pagoda was constructed by Japanese Buddhists at the expense of US$1 million.
In addition, the world’s most noteworthy stupa today ornaments the sparkling brilliant statue. The statue demonstrates the stance of Buddha during his birth.
Myanmar Golden Temple
Similarly, Myanmar Golden Temple is probably the oldest structure on the Lumbini premises comprising of three prayer halls.
The most noteworthy hall is topped by a corncob-molded shikhara (tower), styled after the temple of Bagan.
Additionally inside the temple grounds is the Lokamani Pula Pagoda. It is an enormous plated stupa in the southern Burmese style, propelled by the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon.