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Lumbini


Lumbini
Lumbini is the place where the Gautama Buddha was born. The exact year of his birth is strongly disputed, with possible dates ranging from the 11th to the 6th century BC. The town of Lumbini is one of the four holy places in Buddhism: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these occurred outside, in nature.

The site remained neglected for centuries. Only in 1895 it was rediscovered by a German archaelogist. A temple and a bathing pool are believed to be originals from the era of Buddhas birth.

Visit March 2001

On my tour of the south of Nepal I travelled from Chitwan (Sauraha) to Lumbini by public buses. A Japanese guy and I were dumped at the roadside, amidst flat agricultural lands and some forest. 'This is Lumbini', they told us. It's a quiet area, natural in outlook and with its temples hidden from first sight.


The actual site is quite small: a few excavations and a large tree, that is all to see. Still it is a very serene place. Since a few years several Buddhist Asian countries are building their own temples and monasteries around the original site (according to the "Lumbini Masterplan" by a Japanese architect). They try to surpass each other in beauty. The very different building styles make for an ecclectic view.




Reviews

PKMC Kumar. Trivandrum. (India):
In the year 2013, we a team of10 visited all the holly places connected to Budhdha. We travelled through Sravasthi, Kapilavasthu, Lumbini, Kushinagar< Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir(Rajgreh),Gaya, Bodhgaya, Saranath, Varanasi and Allahabad in 10 days.Except Lumbini, all places are in India.With utmost satisfaction I, being an Indian, am proud too for travelling through Sidharth Gothama's pathways.It is wonderful or astonishing that these holy places wre hidden buried for a long period.
Date posted: February 2014
Damayanthi Herath (Sri Lanka.):
I visited Lumbini in 2011 April. I was very happy to see from my naked eye this beautiful sacred place. Being a Buddhist I wanted to go to india for a pilgrimage.I went in summer period a bit warm but I really felt so happy to see all valuable sights of Lord Buddha whom I always remember and lord buddha attained Buddhahood and realized that the truth what he realized will remain in Sri Lanka but not in India. We have 2/3rd of Lord Buddha's sacred "dathu" contained dagabas. I want to see all these once again. The truth what lord buddha realized will remain in Sri Lanka as long as buddhist act according to this religion.I'm very enthusiastic to go to India again and again.And the Indian Government trying its best to keep all these sacred places in a good condition.
Date posted: January 2014
Aman thapa (Nepal):
Well Lumbini is very near from my hometown I visited there many times.It is very peaceful place.As we know that Lumbini is a birthplace of Gautam Buddha who is a spirit of peace and his wisdom were followed all over the world.We can find many things to see there,like there are very well made temples,handicraft stupas,clean pond,etc.The environnment is so greeny n silent.It is one of my famous historical place n i love to visit more n more.
Date posted: December 2013
Mohit Lal Shrestha (Nepal):
I Loved LUMBINI.

It was a great place. I visited the site with my friends on a school tour.
We were guided by local guides. We got to see a lot of new international monasteries which were attractive and beautiful.

The place if peaceful, calm and happening.

Yeah, and I'm proud that Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal !
Date posted: November 2013
Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
I was in Kushinagar, in Uttar Pradesh, in my way to Nepal.
I asked some saddhus for a dharamsala to sleep, and was sent to the Burmese Buddhist monastery. I met the abbot and told him that I was a traveler in pilgrimage around India searching for knowledge, and that the purpose to be in Kushinagar was to pay my respects to Buddha. I still added that my next destination would be Lumbini, in Nepal. Then he showed me an individual cell to spend the night.
I had recently visited Bodh Gaya, where Buddha attained enlightenment, and also Sarnath,the place where Buddha gave his first teaching. So, now I was in the third of the four holiest places for the Buddhists: Kushinagar, the village where Buddha passed away and his body cremated.
But I was missing Lumbini, Buddha birthplace, in Nepal, not far from Kushinagar, a place that I planned to visit after Kushinagar.
There were about one hundred pilgrims in that monastery. I noticed that some of them were Westerners who participated in courses of Vipassana. I did not talk to them since they could not speak while practicing Vipassana.
The next day I visited in Kushinagar all the places related to Buddha and then, in the evening, I went to see the Abbot to thank him for his hospitality and to inform him that I would leave the monastery early in the morning. He then handed me a letter. It was addressed to the Abbot of a Nepali monastery in Lumbini.
The next day I crossed the border between India and Nepa and reached Lumbini one day later. I went to the Nepali Buddhist monastery of which I had the address, delivered the letter to the Abbot and was invited to stay in the monastery together with the monks.
Two days later, after having visited all the places related with the birth of Buddha, I traveled to Kathmandu.
Date posted: August 2013
Clyde (Malta):
The Ashoka pillar and Mayadevi Temple are the core of this WHS but all around it on the masterplan of a Japanese architect, Buddhist monasteries and temples are being built from all over the world and most are well worth a visit. Some are still under construction but already judging from what has been built this is going to become THE most important place for Buddhism in the near future. I also visited Tilaurakot (28kms away) which lacks the attention and gardening that Lumbini enjoys. It surely deserves to be added as a WHS with Lumbini even though a few ruins are what is left of ancient Kapilavastu
Date posted: April 2013
Sanjaya Singh KC (Nepal):
LUMBINI is heaven on earth. The birthplace of the LIGht of Asia, lord Buddha in Lumbini Nepal is a must visit place in your lifetime. I went there in 2009, November which is the best time to visit lumbini,because June- october is very warm over there. The peaceful atmosphere, the serene environment, the helpful people, the artistic pagodas,temples, archaeological sites, beautiful birds, cranes,forest, beautiful park just makes you feel, Buddha is still here..somewhere around meditating...wonderful place
Date posted: June 2011
parker (USA):
i went to lumbini in 2007 april, it was warm.The buddhist temples at the lumbini are most attractive. the environment is calm and the nepalese people who helped us to see many historical place were great.It reflected the culture of Nepal and the behavior of Nepali people. As being foreigner i felt Nepal&Lumbini are the synoname.
Date posted: June 2010
Rachana (NEPAL):
lumbini a nice place to be .
i went there 10 years with my brother, sister-in-law and their kid. At that time a new temple were being made. We did sightseeing through Rikshaw . We conducted puja and gave a little bit of remarkable thing which we have still in home.
It is simple but it's simplicity is very unique as it adds the historic panoroma to the world. Lumbini is the place for meditation it's quite surroundings will let u be there forever.
We took several pictures it was truely a sparkling place to be. If u are looking for a nice and beautiful place to do meditation or to see historic place be there. Can't express in words how nice it is """LUMBINI - in NEPAL"""
Date posted: May 2010
john karanjit (birth palce of lord buddha(nepal)):
i visited lumbini on feburary 2009.it was my life time experience.i could not forget sitting near the ashoka pillar where lord buddha was born,it was so peaceful.i found many county had build their temple and monasteries but most of them
were uncomplete and still under cunstruction among these temples i found chinese,japanese,burmese,thai,german's were completed. in lumbini there is so many historical places which must preserved among them one of it is niglihawa's broken ashoka's pillar.
Date posted: January 2010
Deepa (australia):
Lumbini is the birth place of lord budhha, which is situated 300km west of capital city kathmandu. Lord Buddha was born in lumbini during the full moonday in the month of April(Baishakh). There is a pond namely"Puskarni" , where lord budhha's mother( mayadevi) had a shower before giving birth to Lord Buddha. It is natural in outlook. Many asian countries like India, China, Japan are building their own temple in different building styles. This is becoming one of the tourist attraction in lumbini, where many tourists come to visit the particular place only as a result, people are getting employment to some extent. It is a very beautiful place, please if you ever go to Nepal , do not forget to visit this place.

Deepa
Date posted: December 2009
Bipin Raj Tiwari (Nepal):
I had been to Lumbini when i was in class 12. It was a educational tour as part of my college activity where they take students to a new place.

My visit to Lumbini was one of the best experience as we were accompanied by local tourist guide and he has such a bundle of information that we were able to know about various hidden things in and around Lumbini.

As a Nepali i am always proud of Gautam Buddha- the light of asia and at that time also i felt so happy.

I need to come to Lumbini one again as i was not able to visit all the areas of garden also i want to visit the Museums and all the monasteries.

I felt so peace and calm of my heart when i just stepped into the park. May be its my feeling for Buddha but i felt so fresh and happy that i never thought i was and it really made me feel better after i came back to Kathmandu.

We have to preserve our national heritage.
Date posted: July 2009
rakesh (nepal):
Being a nepali citizen i am proudful to introduce myself as a person from the country of Lord buddha. Many foreigners know us and our country by the name of Lord Buddha. From the present context of view many tourists come to Nepal to visit particularly this place only. Through this visit they provide an employment opportunities to many poor peoples. I visited this place on the year 2008 recently and asked a rikshaw wala about his earning and he replied me that he hardly get a costumer in 2 days and can earn about rs 300 to Rs 700 on the same day. So we should thank to lord buddha and the visitors due to whome many people are sustaining their life. It is a nice place to visit. Thanku.
Date posted: June 2008
Stephen Brooker (UK):
Arriving in a rather exhausted tour group, who jokingling kept calling it 'Budhist Bethlehem,' wasn't the most promising start to my visit.

However once off the bus the atmosphere and emotional power of this site took over. A serenity descended on everyone as we walked into the park, which evolved into a hushed revernce when we came to the Lord Buddhas birthplce.

By the time we left everyone seemed inspired and rejuvenated.

I would highly recomend this site, it's quiet, beautiful and a moving experience, which will remain a treasured memory for the rest of your life.

Date posted: April 2008
Rankoth Gedera, P (Canada (Born and raised in Sri Lanka)):
I've been to the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal, 1998. What I noticeably experienced was, calmed, quiet and natural feelings, and tranquillity of mind. I was so lucky to visit all the four sacred places: the Birth(Lumbini, Napal), the Enlightenment(Boddhagaya, India), the First discourse/sermon(Varanasi, India), and the Maha parinibbana/death of physical body(Kushinagar, India) of the Buddha. The feeling when visiting these four sacred places, cannot be expressed in words. You need to be there and feel how it is.
 
Mary ():
i found it inspiring,picturesque and sereal.though from others point of view they found it looks just quite plain, i found it was simple but its simplicity is unique for something so historic,it makes you feel special too.
 
Bobbi Siegmann (USA):
Visited Lumbini in October 2001(very warm in October!) with group of Buddhist pilgrims led by the Ven. Robina Courtin. A little shrine with some statues, excavations. One of Ashok's pillars is there. We conducted a puja under one of the large trees there. Went on to Nalanda,Kushinigar, Ragir, Bodhgaya, Varanasai & Sarnath. a month after 9/11 we were praying for peace at all these holy & historical sites.
 


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Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Country: Nepal
Inscribed: 1997
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (3) (6)
Category: Religious structure, Buddhist

Site history:
1997 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
1993Deferred
Bureau - better info required on conservation measures etc

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In the news:
» Thais given green light to repair Maya Dhevi Temple (27-04-2014).
» Earliest 'shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace (26-11-2013).
» WWF-Nepal Embarks On 10-Year Project To Plant A Million Trees In Lumbini (19-09-2011).
» New Eco-Monastery at Buddha’s Birthplace Lumbini (03-04-2011).

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» Holy sites of Buddhism.

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