2019 Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia travel blog


Chinese temple


German temple

Quiet spot

Budha birth place

Morning drive to Lumbini took about 5 hours. Lumbini is known as the birth place of Lord Buddha - founder of Buddhism, and is a major pilgrimage site.

Lumbini has a number of older temples, including the Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples, funded by Buddhist organisations from various countries, have been completed or are still under construction. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, and the Lumbini International Research Institute are also within the holy site. Also, there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.

First we visited the chinese temple, and then the Vietnamese temple which was actually closed to the public, apparently because of damage caused by hordes of local and chinese tourists. Luckily our guide knew the caretakers and we had the place to ourselves. We then visited the german temple which was the best maintained of them all and very impressive.

After the temples we visited the actual birth site.

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