everest trekking nepal, annapurna trekking nepal, best trekking nepal, mountain trekking in nepal, nepal trekking, nepal trekking companies, nepal trekking company, nepal trekking forum, nepal trekking guide, nepal trekking guides, nepal trekking info, nepal trekking map, nepal trekking peaks, nepal trekking permit, nepal trekking season, nepal trekking tour, nepal trekking tours, nepal trekking trips, trekking holiday nepal, trekking holidays nepal, trekking in nepal, trekking information nepal, trekking to nepal
NEPALTRAVELNEWS.COM - A complete nepal travel information portal

Member Log In

User Name:

Password:

New User ? Sign Up

Forgot Password ?

Email :

Close

Polls

Global Warming

Does Global Warming affects the Nepalese Tourism Market?:





 

Newsletter

Cities / Lumbini

Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Kapilavastu district of Nepal. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who in turn, as the Buddha Gautama, gave birth to the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 BCE. Lumbini is one of four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the others being at Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya, and Sarnath.

Lumbini is in the foothills of the Himalaya, 25 km east of the municipality of Kapilavastu, where the Buddha is said to have lived till the age of 29. Kapilvastu is the name of the place in question as well as of the neighbouring district. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond - where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath - as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form.

In the Buddha's time, Lumbini was a park situated between Kapilavatthu and Devadaha. It was there that the Buddha was born. A pillar now marks the spot of Asoka's visit to Lumbiní. According to an inscription on the pillar, it was placed there by the people then in charge of the park to commemorate Asoka's visit and gifts. The park was previously known as Rummindei, two miles north of Bhagavanpura.

In the Sutta Nipáta (vs. 683) it is stated that the Buddha was born in a village of the Sákyans, in the Lumbineyya Janapada. The Buddha stayed in Lumbinívana during his visit to Devadaha and there preached the Devadaha Sutta.

Re-discovery of the site of Lumbini
In 1896, Nepalese archaeologists (effort by Khadga Samsher Rana) discovered a great stone pillar at the site, attributed to Emperor Ashoka. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site.

Current Lumbini
Lumbini, as of 1997, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site specifically nominated for the international World Heritage program.

The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone, in which only monasteries can be built, no shops or hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries.

The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Asokan pillar and the Mayadevi temple, where the precise place of birth of Buddha is located. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.

 

Other Cities:


Advertisments




Destination of the Month

Daman View

Daman is a village in the central part of Nepal, located in the district of Makwanpur. It is a beautiful hill station near by Capital city Kathmandu. In the months of summer, people can enjoy travelling Daman.

Read More

Featured Hotel

Yak and Yeti Hotel

Hotel Yak and Yeti, is a premier five-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel.

Read More

Discover Nepal

Dashain

Dashain Festival: Bijaya dashami also known as Dashin in the most auspicious festival in Nepal’s calendar. And celebrated by the people of different caste and creed throughout the country.

Read More

Special Interest

Bungy Jumping

Bungee jumping is not permitted in some parts of the world such as in Europe, New Zealand and America, Don’t worry, the ultimate thrilling sports is available in Nepal. The sport has finally found a natural home in the highest

Read More