Lumbini Historical Religious Tour
Lumbini Historical and religious tour in the land of holiest of all holy place of Buddhism religion, where visit leads to Nepal Far South West at Lumbini the famous and renowned birthplace of Lord Buddha known as the Light of Asia. Much confusion arose past decades regarding the birth site of Lord Buddha, but actual history proves that Buddha was born in Nepal located south-west of the country near to India border of UP (Utter Pradesh).
Many discovered sites declare Lord Buddha or prince Siddhartha was also known as Gautam Buddha was born in this fertile land of Lumbini of Rupendhi district, close to Bhairwa airport called as Gautam Buddha Airport.
Journey to Lumbini Historical religious tour begins with the scenic flight to land at Bhairwa airport and then taking a short drive of less than hour to reach the hotel or resorts for another overnight stay close to the premises of Lord Buddha birth sites, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Here with time for the interesting and impressive tour at places of great interest from the site of birth to holy bathing pond of Lord Buddha with many places to visit equally interesting and fascinating on your two days time in Lumbini.
Lumbini Historical Religious Tour of two days leads you to visit as follows:
(Sanskrit for “the lovely”) a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi.
Lumbini one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees.
Lumbini, the traditional birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha took birth in 6th Century B.C. the founder of Buddhism known as Light of Asia.
According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi gave birth to young Buddha on her way to her parent’s home in Devadaha in the month of May around 642 BC.
Feeling onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold the branches of a tree and delivered birth to Siddhartha Gautama, which was to become a Buddha.
Lord Buddha announced, “This is my final rebirth” as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.
In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Asoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. Asoka’s Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: “King Piyadasi (Asoka), beloved of devas, in the 20 years 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 [“blessed one”] having been born here. The lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight parts (only)”.
Monasteries and temples were built at Lumbini until the 9th century, but Buddhism declined in the area after the arrival of Islam and later Hinduism. All that remained was a sculpture, revered by local women as a fertility symbol. The garden of the Buddha’s birth was lost for a thousand years.
The site was rediscovered in 1895 when a German archaeologist came upon Asoka’s Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
What to See:
Lumbini lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself.
The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha’s birth. The current temple stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Asoka. The modern temple consists mainly of the simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha’s birth identified. The delicate sandstone sculptures discovered here are now in the National Museum in Kathmandu
Atop the temple is a small square tower of the type seen in Kathmandu, with Buddha eyes on each side and a golden pinnacle on top. On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool (see top photo), where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons.
The Maha Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees. They carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze. The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Asoka’s Pillar, near the temple. It is protected by a small fence, which is decorated with prayer flags and banners from the faithful. Around the courtyard containing the pillar are bowled for incense sticks, and there is room to sit in front of the pillar for contemplation.