Lumbini

- (in Nepal)

Lumbini is revered and worshipped as the Birthplace of Lord Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini and now is a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site. Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 249 B.C. during his visit to Lumbini as his Buddhist Pilgrimage constructed four stupas and a stone pillar with a horse on top. The stone pillar bears an inscription, “King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of the devas, in the 20 year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan having been born here, Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part (only)”.
Located on the foothills of the Himalayas in modern Nepal, Lumbini is a great Buddhist Pilgrimage and one of the important pillars of four fold pilgrimage of Buddhism. The sacred sites of Lumbini are -
Ashokan Pillar - An inscribed stone pillar installed by Emperor Ashoka (249 B.C.) commemorates the site where Lord Buddha was born. The oldest inscription of Nepal reveals Emperor Ashoka’s royal visit to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha and grants this sacred spot a tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth.

Maya Devi Temple – The Maya Devi Temple commemorates the exact site of the birth of the Prince Siddhartha, where pregnant Maya Devi halted the royal entourage in the thick Lumbini jungle and gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama under the auspicious Sal tree.
Built over the foundations of a temple or stupa, this 3rd century B.C. temple complex also houses the sacred bathing pool known as Pushkarni where Maya Devi took bath before the delivery.

Japan Peace Stupa – Built in 2001, this 41m imposing Japanese Peace Pagoda is located in the north Lumbini. The stupa's dome consists of four different Buddha statues, with their faces in four different directions.

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