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Lumbini

Lumbinī or 'the Lovely' is a pilgrimage site in Rupandehi District, Province No. 5, Nepal, where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BC and attained the Enlightenment in 528 BC to become a Buddhist and establish Buddhism. The site has become a pilgrim destination that sprang up in places of great importance in the life of the highly respected Buddha.

Lumbini has a number of temples, including Mayadevi temples, sacred Bodhi trees, Ashoka Pillars, monasteries, museums, Puskarini or Sacred Pool where the Buddha's mother takes the rituals before giving birth and the first bath. Lumbini International Research Institute also in the holy place.

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The Sutta Nipáta (v. 683) declares the Buddha was born in a village in Sákyans in Janapada Lumbineyya. Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who later attained the ultimate Enlightenment and finally renounced the world. Lumbini has a World Heritage site defined by UNESCO in 1997.

A pillar was found at Rummindei in 1896 and is believed to mark the site of Ashoka's visit to Lumbini. The site was not known as Lumbini before it was found. An inscription at the stake states people are responsible for the garden to commemorate Ashoka's visit.

Lumbini is 4.8 km (3 mi) long, 1.6 km (1.0 mi) wide where the holy sites are bordered by a large monastic zone and only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. The site is separated into the eastern monastic zone which has the Theravada monastery and the west has the Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries.

The Devi Maya Temple marks the spot where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, Ashoka's pillar, the ruins of an ancient stupa, and maroon-robed monks gathered under the vast Bodhi tree (pipal) and decorated with prayer flags as a garden. The sacred pool next to the temple is where Mayadevi bathed before giving birth to the Buddha.

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Location: Rupandehi District, Province No. 5.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Gautam Buddha Airport at Siddharthanagar (Bhairahawa). Then drive to Lumbini within 22 kilometers for 30 minutes. Buses serve Lumbini and Siddharthanagar (Bhairawa). Lumbini and Kathmandu buses between 06:00 and 7:00 for a 9 hour journey.

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