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Lumbini, Nepal: The birthplace of Buddha

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(November, 2010)

The Maya Devi Temple. It marks the site where Princess Maya Devi gave birth to Siddartha Gautama, the historical Buddha.


The stones where Buddha was born under the auspicious Bodhi tree. The brochure says it was "renowned for its beauty of shady grove with lush green trees and colorful flowers."


Pilgrims come from all around the world to see the stones.


The exact rock where baby Buddha landed. It wasn't really green.


The Nativity Sculpture. Carved in the 14th century, it's been worn flat by the touch of worshipers' hands.

Foundations from old stupas. This spot has been a center of worship for centuries.


From the Lonely Plant: "Archaeologists are now fairly certain that Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, was indeed born here in 563 BC."


Lumbini is a designated UN World Heritage Site.






A big tree covered with the prayer flags and offerings from pilgrims.


I believe this is a Bodhi tree. Not the exact same tree Buddha was born under, but similar.


Buddhist pilgrims making the voyage of a lifetime.


River turtle basking in the sun by the Holy Pond.


The Asoka Pillar, erected during a visit by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC, commemorating the birthplace of the Buddha.


From the brochure: "The holy pond, Puskarini where Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to prince Siddhartha and the infant prince is believed to have given first purification bath."




I tried to get a non-green picture of the birthing stone.





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