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An oasis of Peace: Lumbini


Lumbini means love in Sanskrit and the place definitely lives up to its name. But more than that, the place provides one with a spiritually uplifting journey as it brings you closer to the origin of Lord Buddha. It was in Lumbini, around the year 563 BC that one of history’s greatest and most revered figures, Siddhartha Gautam, better known as Buddha, was born. As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha – the apostle of peace and light of Asia – the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places in the world. Lumbini evokes a kind of holy sentiment within millions of Buddhists and Hindus all over the world, like Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims.

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Lumbini is one of the four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major life events of Gautam Buddha. It is not only rich in history but also plays an important role in bringing different countries together. Full of impressive monasteries representing different countries with their unique architecture and art, you are bound to be amazed at the enthralling beauty of it all. Nepal’s monastery stands elegant and inspiring, along with other ornate and tranquil monasteries from Germany, Myanmar and Thailand. Each reflects the unique interpretation of Buddhism and together the monasteries create a fascinating map of world Buddhist philosophy.

Another important attraction you must visit is the Maya Devi Temple where a large number of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world come to pray. The temple protects the traditional site of Lord Buddha’s birth and reflects tranquility and harmony. Inside the temple, you can always find a quiet corner to sit and enjoy solace. South of the temple, there is the Puskarni Pond where Maya Devi is believed to have bathed before giving birth to Lord Buddha. The Ashoka Pillar is also nearby, an inscribed pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka on the spot of Buddha’s birth, the site is a large garden with a grove o peepal trees. The vibrant player flags adorning the trees add more charm to the garden. Lumbini Museum, World Peace Pagoda are other notable attractions around here in Lumbini.

Discover the universal truths and acquire the divine Buddhist wisdom while on your travel in Lumbini. A pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha is bound to leave you humbled by the spiritual experience. Please visit the following link for more information on the tour:

http://www.himalayanglacier.com/tours-in-nepal/147/buddhist-cultural-tour-in-nepal.htm

 

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Sanju G.C

Sanju G.C

An avid wanderer, observer and a travel writer, Sanju loves to share her experiences through words. She has extensively traveled in the South Eastern Regions. Sanju now plans to travel the world, “travel does not make connections, it build relations,” she quotes.
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