(Lord Buddha birth Place – Kapilvastu)
Lumbini is a small town in the southern Terai (plains area) of Nepal, where is the ruins of old city can be seen. In fact, it is the birth place of Lord Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam) and a religious site for the Buddhist from all over the world. A large stone pillar created by the Indian emperor Ashoka in BC 250 bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha. In the temple of Maya Devi there is a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch. To the south of the temple is pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his purification bath. A quite garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree which Buddha receive enlightenment), and a newly planted forest near by lend air of tranquility which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings.
Lumbini is now being developed under the Master Plan of Lumbini Development Trust, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. Kapilvastu which is near Lumbinevokes the ancient Palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant, and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eight century BC. It also offers cultural insights into the village life of southern Nepal.
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