Lumbini, one of the spiritual spots in the world situated in the southern plain of Nepal is the cultural and religious hub, especially for the Buddhists. Amazingly beautiful monasteries built by different countries following their own national styles are the center of attractions in Lumbini. This article will help you to discover all the important stations in the area making your Nepal stay meaningful.
1. Exploration of Different Monasteries In Lumbini
One of the major attractions of Lumbini is the dozens of Buddhist Monasteries that the countries having faith in Buddhism have built monasteries in their unique styles reflecting their nationalities in the actual birth-land of Gautam Buddha. We highly recommend the Lumbini Monastic sites for you to visit during your tour to Lumbini:
- World Peace Pagoda
- Myanmar Golden Temple
- Chinese Monastery
- Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar
- German Monastery/The Great Lotus Stupa
- Thrangu Vajra Vidya Monastery
- Great Drigunj=g Lotus Stupa
- Manang Samaj Stupa
- Vietnam Phat Quoc Tu Temple
- Korean Temple/ Dae Sung Shakya
- Sri Lankan Monastery
- Cambodian Monastery
- Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery
2. Mayadevi Temple
Mayadevi Temple is the main attraction of Lumbini. The main spot where Buddha was born is well protected in the premises. This well-known temple is a UNESCO World Site which is located in the middle of the sacred garden of Lumbini.
The Bodhi Tree near the Mayadevi temple carries historical significance. It is believed that Queen Mayadevi grasped the branch of this tree while giving birth to Siddhartha Gautam. The sacred pond on the same premises is a beautiful pond where Siddhartha is believed to have his first bath.
3. Ashoka Pillar
Ashoka, an influential Indian Emperor erected the pillar in Lumbini probably in the 3rd century as a tribute to the birthplace of Lord Buddha in his visit to this holy land. It is believed to be rediscovered by Nepalese archaeologists in 1896.
4. World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is an early 21st -century monument built by Japanese Buddhists popularly naming the structure the “Japan Peace Stupa”. It is a symbol of Peace. This stupa is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Lumbini. This glorious stupa following the traditional pagoda-style architecture is colored with white with a golden Buddha statue.
5. Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar
This Buddhist Gompa belongs to Sakyapa established by Chogyam Trichen Rinpoche. This site is the perfect place for meditation because of the peace and tranquility in and around the monastery.
Tilaurakot is a historically significant place nearly 24 kilometers far from Lumbini. According to Buddhist history, Siddhartha Gautam spent 29 years of his early life in Tilaurakot. This small but important site is really famous tourist destination. A small museum located nearby has kept some of the objects that were found during the excavation.
7. Lumbini Museum
The widely famous Lumbini Museum is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Garden arena. The museum is said to be displaying more than 12000 artifacts. The religious manuscripts, metal sculptures, coins from Maurya and Khusana dynasties, and many other important items are safely preserved in the museum.
Lumbini International Research Institute provides research facilities for scholars and researchers wishing to explore the facts about Buddha and Buddhist philosophy.
8. Lumbini Crane Sanctuary
Therefore, Lumbini, the most important Buddhist Pilgrimage destination is today a perfect spot for cranes. The area extended around 6 squares kilometers including the remaining of the Tilaurakot palace is full of beautiful cranes. Have an amazing time with the majestic birds in the peaceful land of Lord Buddha.
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