Nepal is not only known for the majestic Himalayan but it is also known as the land of Peace. Not just the journey to the snow-capped mountains and the terraced fields, Nepal also offers the beauty of traditional architecture and heritage. You must have heard of Lord Gautam Buddha who spread love and peace to the world. Gautam Buddha was born in the Lumbini district of Nepal. A number of devotees from all around the world travel to Lumbini. Not just the Buddhist people, but tourist from all around the world travel to Lumbini to witness the birthplace of Lord Buddha- Lumbini. There are many Lumbini tour package with proper Lumbini tour itinerary at different price. Here is the detail of the major attractions of Lumbini.
Introduction to Lumbini:
Lumbini is situated in the Terai belt of Nepal. Over the years, it happens to be a Mecca for devotees all over the world. It is located in Kapilvastu which is near to the Indian border. There are different sites, shrines, and instruments that reflect the various stages of Buddha’s life. The place has various attractions related to the different events in Buddha’s life. The place have a pond where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam. While there are different bricks, inscriptions, and other evidence where people have been worshiping for centuries.
The place was rediscovered by Nepali archaeologists in the year 1896. They discovered the Ashokan pillar which proved that the linkage of Lumbini with Buddha. Later, UNESCO listed Lumbini as a world heritage site due to its value for the religious community and culture of the entire world. The heritage site is spreader over 4.8km in length and 1.3 km in width.
The major attractions of Lumbini are as follows.
Maya Devi Temple:
It’s the most noted temple in the premise that enshrines the location of Buddha’s birth. The white temple of Maya Devi has a marker stone which marks the building which protects the spot of Buddha’s birth. Nearby, there’s a Bodhi tree which marks the place where Maya Devi rested while she was in labor.
This pillar was built during 249 BC by Indian Emperor Ashoka who visited the village of Lumbini. He built a pillar and four stupas with a horse idol at the top. Also, he wrote an inscription which describes his visit. The inscription also writes about Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The small fence which decorated with colorful prayer flags surrounds the pillar.
World Peace Pagoda:
World peace pagoda was built by the Japanese in Lumbini. Further, the construction cost of this pagoda is around US $ 1 million. The pagoda has the statue of Lord Buddha. The golden statue builds in the position which took when he was born. It is one of the major attractions of Lumbini.
Myanmar Golden Temple:
It is among the oldest structures on the Lumbini premises with three prayer halls. Inside the temple premises, there is a Lokamani Pula pagoda, a Burmese style pagoda which also resembles the Shwe-dagon pagoda of Yangon.
Dharma swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar:
It’s a Tibetan styled Gompa which is outside Lumbini complex. It was built by His Eminence Chogya Trichen Ringboche Raj together with Raja of Mustang. Everyday 60 monks who reside nearby conduct Tara Puja in this Vihar.
China has constructed a complex of pagodas and meditation cells inside the premises. This beautiful temple is very beautiful and attracts many tourists.
There are also many monasteries that include monasteries by Korean temple, Vietnam, Germany, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, and other countries.
This Museum on the north of the premise reflects the life of Gautam Buddha. It houses the artifacts and photos of Buddhist sites all over the world. It is a “must-go” place when you are in Lumbini.
With many such attractions Lumbini, the is major destination of Buddhists and Hindu devotees along with historians and also the tourists interested in Buddhism.