Top 5 Historical Things To See In Lumbini

  • Updated on Dec 18, 2023
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Lumbini which is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations located in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Buddha is known as the light of Asia. Millions of people around all over the world come here to visit. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Monument list by UNESCO, some top 5 historical things to see in Lumbini.

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Top 5 Historical Things to See in Lumbini

Buddhist Temple

The Buddhist temple, or monastery of the Buddhist temple, is built inside the surrounding complex of Lumbini in the manner of modern Buddhist shrines in Nepal. The prayer-hall contains a big image of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha in medieval style. Colorful artistic murals decorate the large walls.

Ashok Pillar

The Ashok Pillar; discovered by the now-famous German archaeologist Dr. Further, the pillar is the first epigraphic evidence relating to the life history of Lord Buddha and is also the most visible landmark of the auspicious garden. The historic importance of the pillar is evidenced by the inscription engraved on the pillar (in Brahmi characters). It is said that the Hindu Indian Emperor Ashok-the Great, who got converted, visited the site in the twentieth year of his accession to the throne and as the homage to the pure birth-place erected the pillar. The inscription on the pillar roughly translates as; King Piyadesi the beloved of the Gods, having been anointed 20 years, came himself and worshiped saying- Here Buddha Sakyamuni was born. He caused to make a stone (capital) representing a horse and caused (this) stone pillar to be erected. Because here the worshipful one was born the village of Lumbini has made free of taxes and recipients of wealth.

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Sanctum Santorum of the birthplace

Sanctum Santorum of the birthplace. This single most important place in Lumbini (and to the entire Buddhist world for that matter) is the stone-slab located deep in Sanctum- Sanctorum. Revealed after a hard and meticulous excavation under the three layers of ruins over the site of a famous Maya Debi Temple, the stone-slab foundation pinpoints the location of the original place, marking the precise spot of the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Image of Maha Maya Devi

Image of Maha Maya Devi; in addition to the Ashokan Pillar, the other shrine of importance is the bas-relief images of Maha Maya Debi- the Queen of King Suddhodan. Enshrined in a small pagoda-like structure, the image shows Maya Debi, the mother of Crown Prince Siddhartha Gautam. She is seen supporting herself by holding on with her right hand to a branch of a sal tree, with the newly born infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal on a level halo. Two other celestial figures are depicted in an act of pouring holy water and lotuses bestowed from heaven Earlier, the image was placed in the famous white temple of Maya Debi besides the pillar-now totally dismantled to make way for the excavations which revealed the Sanctum Sanctorum, the exact spot where our Lord was born.

Puskarni The sacred Pool

Puskarni The sacred Pool: South of the Ashokan pillar, there is a famous sacred poll named Puskarni believed to be the same holy pool in which Maya Debi took a pious dip just before giving birth to the Lord and also where the infant Buddha was given its first purification bath. Architecturally the pool has three projecting terraces in the ascending order and is revealed with fine brick masonry.

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