Lumbini

Birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama- the founder of Buddhism, known as Buddha or the enlightened one is the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. For about one billion Buddhist, Lumbini is where it all began. Evidence has been confirmed by the existence of an inscribed pillar erected after 318 years after the event by Buddhist emperor Ashoka. Further, by the remains of Ancient ruins all over. After entering through the main entrance gate at a southeastern edge, the road leads to the Sacred Garden where Buddha was reputedly born. Sacred Garden contains all archeological treasures associated with the Buddha’s birth.

There are two monastic zones filled with the array of temples. This overlooks Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda. Furthermore, Wetland reserve established for endangered Sarus Crane, and about 600,000 trees have been planted throughout the site attracting many birds and animals. The centerpiece of Sacred Garden is Maya Devi temple, which contains brickworks dating back to 300 BC. West of the temple is, the Ashokan Pillar which is the oldest monument in Nepal. The square, cement-lined pool just south of the pillar is supposed to be where Maya Devi bathed before giving birth to Buddha.

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