Lumbini Pilgrim Tour

At a Glance

    Lumbini is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it is believed to be the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Gautama Buddha. Lumbini stands out as a favored destination for Buddhist pilgrimage tours in Nepal, offering an extraordinary and unforgettable experience for those on a pilgrimage. Renowned as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Lumbini attracts not only Buddhist pilgrims but also admirers of its splendid architecture, including the Maya Devi Temple, Ashok Stupa, Lumbini Buddha Garden, and over 22 monasteries from various countries. Recognized by UNESCO and listed on the World Heritage Monument List, Lumbini holds deep historical and religious significance in Nepal.

    The Ashoka Pillar, erected in 259 BC by the Buddhist King Ashok, is a symbol of benevolence as the king exempted villagers from taxes and distributed 100 golden coins. Struck by lightning in the seventh century, the pillar lay hidden in dense forest for six centuries before its rediscovery in 1895. The site was cleared, and the pillar was reconstructed. The Maya Devi Temple, dating back to the 2nd century, is believed to be dedicated to Buddha's mother, Maya Devi. Adjacent to the temple is a pool where Maya Devi used to bathe. The Crane Sanctuary, dedicated to the protection and breeding of endangered cranes, adds an intriguing dimension to the area. The Sacred Garden, surrounding the Ashoka Pillar, provides a serene space for relaxation and exploration.

    A significant event in Lumbini is the annual Buddha Jayanti festival held in April or May, drawing Buddhists from far and wide to celebrate Buddha's birth. Pilgrims also gather on Purnima (the night of the full moon) and Ashtami (the eighth night after the full moon) for worship in this sacred place.

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