Lumbini

Lumbini

Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened One, is the pilgrimage destination of the world's millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. This nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka's commemorative pillar is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The main attraction at the Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden spread over 8sq km and possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Here we find a bas relief of Mayadevi, the Buddha's mother giving birth to him. Standing west to the Mayadevi shrine is the oldest monument of Nepal, the Ashoka Pillar. The pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the sacred site. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond, Puskarni, where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha.

There are other places of interest too nearby Lumbini :
- 27 km Tilaurakot,capital of Kapilvastu and ancestor place of Buddha ruled  by his father King Suddhodhana. It is beleived that Buddha had spent here his first 29 years of princely life. 
- Kundan 5 km south of  Tilaurakot where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha first time after his return from Enlightenment.

There are several archaeological sites scattered outside the Lumbini and bearing significance to the life, Elightenment and death of Buddha.

Lumbini  is accessible by air (45 min) and by surface 5/6 hrs through the beautiful couontry drive from Kathmandu