lumbini - maya devi temple

The city Lumbini is well-known because of Gautam Budhha, Light of Asia who achieved enlightenment during 528 BCE. The Buddhist pilgrimage site is located in Rupandehi District of Nepal and is a place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mahamaya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha.

The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Ashokan pillar and the Maya Devi Temple, where the supposed place of birth of Buddha is located. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.

A pillar discovered at Rupandehi in 1896 is believed to mark the spot of Ashoka’s visit to Lumbini. The site was not known as Lumbini before the pillar was discovered. The Brahmi inscription on the pillar gives evidence that Ashoka, emperor of the Maurya Empire, visited the place in 3rd-century BCE and identified it as the birth-place of the Buddha. A second pillar of Ashoka is located about 22 kilometers to the northwest of Lumbini, the Nigali Sagar pillar (with inscription), and a third one 24 kilometers to the west, the Gotihawa pillar (without inscription).

During the visit to Lumbini, people can get numbers of things to do in their list.

  • Exploring monasteries
  • Trying street food
  • Exploring rural areas in a cycle
  • Meditation
  • Visiting the birthplace of Buddha
  • World peace pagoda

The spiritual tour of this majestic city will definitely cleanse your mind and soul.