LUMBINI BUDDHA DARSHAN
The Lumbini garden located in the Rupandehi district of Lumbini Zone is considered as a highly sacred site. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the messenger of peace , is one of the holiest places on the earth. Lord Buddha's mother, Shakya Queen Mayavati, gave birth to prince Gautam inside the beautiful Lumbini garden in 623 BC. She was on her way from her parent's home as Devdaha to her husband's home at Taulihawa.
Buddha is described as the ninth incarnation of Vishnu. Some scholars are of opinion that the inclusion of Buddha as incarnation of Vishnu was probably due to the rising popularity of Buddhism and for the purpose of subordinating it to Hinduism, So some substitute in his place Balrama, the elder brother of Krishna. Buddha is depicted in various forms in various places. Generally, he is shown with short kinky hair. He bears a calm and graceful appearance. The lobes of his ears are long. He wears a yellow robe. His hands are in boon-giving and protection giving attitudes. Buddha is shown either in a standing or in a sitting pose. Buddhist do not accept that Buddha was an incarnation of any god. IMPORTANT HERITAGES OF LUMBINI:
# MAYA DEVI TEMPLE, is the most important temple among the ancient heritages located within the Lumbini garden. The temple houses ancient idol of Mayadevi, the Birth Maker Stone and the ruins from 3rd century BC to 7th century BC. The interior of the temple has a heavenly peaceful environment that brings to life the clairvoyance from ancient time. Tourist love to take photographs of the treasure trove of the ancient artifacts. It takes 10 - 15 minutes of foot and 5 minutes by rickshaw to reach the Mayadevi temple from the main entrance of Lumbini.
# ASHOK PILLAR: Located within the Lumbini Garden is regarded as an important historical heritage. Famous Mourya emperor Ashok of Magadh in India had ordered the pillar to be erected in 249 BC while on a pilgrimage following the advice of his spiritual teacher Upagupta. Emperor Ashok had erected the pillar along with a stone tablet that has inscription saying "Shakyamuni Buddha was born here" The pillar and the inscription stand as a testament of Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Ashok Pillar has proven to the world that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. The Pillar stands adjacent to the Mayadevi Temple.
# HOLY PUSHKIRINI LAKE: Prior to giving birth to Lord Buddha, his mother Mayadevi had taken a bath in the sacred Pushkirini Lake situated near the Ashok Pillar to the south. The ancient lake is a major attraction for tourist. It is traditionally believed that Lord Buddha was bathed with the water from the same lake after his birth.
# BIRTH MAKER STONE: The Stone Maker of Lord Buddha's birth place is preserved within the Mayadevi Temple enclosed in a glass box. The marker stone precisely marks the birth place of Lord Buddha. The marker stone was unearthed in 1996 AD during an archaeological excavation.
# IDOL OF MAYADEVI: The 3 feet tall idol of Mayadevi carved on a stone tablet is estimated to have been originated in the 4th century. The idol is located in the sanctum of the Mayadevi Temple. The carved figure over the stone tablet has however eroded and the carved figures have been obscured. The idol is also known as the Birth idol is also known as the Birth idol as it depicts the birth of Lord Buddha. The idol shows Mayadevi learning to a tree while giving birth and there are two heavenly messengers waiting to receive Buddha. Figure of infant Buddha is at the centre of the idol.
# WORLD PEACE STUPA: The World Peace Stupa was constructed at Lumbini to spread the message of peace, friendship and goodwill in the world and to raise awareness to keep the earth pure and clear. The 42.5 m tall stupa is one of the major attractions of Lumbini. The stupa was constructed as part of the campaign by Japanese Buddhist preacher Fujing to construct World Peace Stupas in different parts of world. It takes 40-50 minutes to reach the World Peace Stupa from the Mayadevi Temple. Very few tourist arriving at Lumbini miss a visit to the World's Peace Stupa. The heavenly serene atmosphere around the stupa and the attractive piece of art that adorn the stupa entice the visitors
# WORLD PEACE FLAME: The eternal World Peace Flame is a major attraction of the Lumbini garden located at the centre of the garden. Tourist flock to observe the flame that is kept glowing uninterrupted 24 hours a day. The flame was lighted on 1st November 1986 AD by the then Prince Gyanendra Shah. The flame that represents peace and fraternity in the world was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebration of the International Peace Year.The eternal flame can be reached at the end of a 10 minutes walk from the Mayadevi
How to go Lumbini?
Distance: 280km (One way)
Driving Time: Approx. 8 Hours
Transportation: By Car / Jeep / Bus / Flight etc
Capacity: Max. As per group size
Travel Route: Kathmandu - Narayanghat - Nawal Parasi - Butwan - Bhairahawa - Lumbini
Duration: 2 Nights 3 Days
Day 01 - KATHMANDU - LUMBINI GARDEN - DRIVE OR FLY:
Early Morning, Drive process to Lumbini. Approx. 8 Hrs Journey via Narayanghat Bazar. Chekc in Hotel at Lumbini. Short Visit around the Lumbini Village Day 02 - FULL DAY LUMBINI GARDEN SIGHTSEEING:
SIGHTSEEING LUMBINI GARDEN WITH MAYA DEVI TEMPLE, ASHOKA PILLAR, HOLY PUSKARINI TEMPLE, BIRTH MAKER STONE, IDOL OF MAYA DEVI, WORLD PEACE STUPA, ETERNAL PEACE FLAME, & MANY MONASTERIES. Day 03 - LUMBINI TO KATHMANDU:
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