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Lumbini is one of the four major Buddhist places of pilgrimage. It can be found in Nepal , about 20 km westward from the city Bhairahawa . According to the legend, around 563 BC, Siddhārtha Gautama (later known as Buddha) , the founder of Buddhism, was born in a grove near Lumbini. In 1997, Lumbini was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

The Buddhists believe that the pregnant Queen Maya was traveling from Kapilavastu to her home town to give birth to her child. Nevertheless, the delivery came unexpectedly in a grove near Lumbini. According to the legend, Buddha was born of his mother's hip, he could walk and talk. In the 3rd century BC, the great admirer of Buddhism, king Asoka built a pillar at the place, where Buddha was said to be born. This pillar has survived till these days. In the 15th century, the troops of the Mughal Empire invaded the city and destroyed it. In the 19th century, Lumbini was rediscovered and an archeological research began. In the 1970s, Lumbini underwent a reconstruction.

Tourist Sights

One of the local landmarks is Asoka's pillar with the original inscription saying Buddha was born there. Behind the pillar, we can find a reservoir, where Buddha's mother - Queen Maya was allegedly bathing before childbirth. Even today, we can see the remains of the temple devoted to Maya. Near Asoka's pillar we can also see the Eternal Peace Flame and also a waterway. From the 1960s, the Nepal government lures into Lumbini Buddhist investors, who are building here beautiful Buddhist temples. The most interesting of them are: the Vietnamese, the Chinese and the Korean temples, but the most ostentatious is the Japanese temple. Some of these temples are still under construction.


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GPS: 27.4707, 83.2759
Altitude: 97 m
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