Lumbini: In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Posted On : 15-3-2018
Lumbini: In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Lumbini is an ancient sacred site located in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. It holds immense historical and religious significance as it is believed to be the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is recognized as one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists from around the world.

Mayadevi Mandir

The Mayadevi Mandir and the neighboring tank are a part of the revered complex. It is regarded as the most momentous amongst all the monuments located in this holy site. The complex also testifies the variety of layers of construction that took place over the centuries.

The nativity sculpture is the principal object of worship here. The sanctum institution is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. The temple houses two fascinating panels, one is built in stone and the other one is made out of marble. Both panels depict Mayadevi holding on to the Sal tree and the young prince making an appearance from her right side. There is a tank right outside the temple the water of which glitters in the sun and the clement breeze that generates countless riffles. Queen Mahamaya took a bath before she went into labor. This is also the place where Prince Siddhartha also had his first ablutionary bath. The temple is frequented by a large number of devotees who pray at the Mayadevi Mandir.

Ashokan Pillar

The Ashokan Pillar is situated in the Rupandehi district of South Nepal. It is one of the lots of stone pillars erected by the Indian Emperor in the course of his regime in the 3rd century BC. There are only 19 pillars left that have engravings. Most of those pillars are found in India. The pillar situated in Nepal is the most ancient of all. It also memorializes and represents Asoka's visit to the birthplace of Buddha after he embraced Buddhism.

The Asokan Pillar is the most remarkable monument and a pure historic birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini. The inscriptions chiselled by Emperor Asoka are still unscathed and bears testimony to the legitimacy of his birthplace. The engravings on the Asokan Pillar describes the Sacred Garden – extended over 9 sq km. – as the place where the Enlightenment One was born.

Pushkarini Pond

There is a divine Pushkarini pond in the hallowed site of Lumbini. This is where queen Mayadevi cleansed herself before giving birth to the spiritual child. There are terraced steps around the pond and it is adorned with magnificently layered bricks.

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