About BIRTHPLACE OF BUDDHA

Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in 623 B.C. in the celebrated precinct of Lumbini, which has become a place of pilgrimage to the peace lovers from the world over. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological relics linked with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a vital feature of attraction. As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remnants contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from a very early period.

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As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha – the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 BC – the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from a very early period. Lumbini, in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists and Hindus equally from all over the world. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion. The site and its surrounding area are endowed with a rich natural setting of verdant fauna and favorable agricultural environs. The region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities historically, dating back to the pre-Christian era. The site, described as a splendid garden in the Buddha’s time, still retains its legendary charisma and splendor. Lumbini, is one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, Enlightenment, First Discourse, and death. All these events happened outside in nature under trees. There is no particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.

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