|The Ashokan Pillar carries an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace.|
Lumbini, the world famous Buddhist pilgrimage center in Nepal, where Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC, presently enjoys the UNESCO recognition of being a World Heritage site. The prime attraction of Lumbini is the Sacred Garden which possesses other treasures of historical cum religious interests, like- The Mayadevi Temple, The Ashokan Pillar, The Nativity Sculpture, The Sacred Pond, The Sacred Birthplace etc. The photograph above shows the closeup of a lotus bud dedicated before the Ashokan Pillar which carries an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace. Behind the pillar you can see white walls of the Mayadevi Temple which houses a base relief depicting the Nativity Sculpture and an excavated stone that indicates the exact spot of birth of Lord Buddha! The second photograph shows The Eternal Peace Lamp which was set aflame by the honorable King of Nepal on 1st November, 1986, to commemorate the International Year of Peace, and also to integrate peace and harmony among the global community. As a global initiative to promote Lumbini as a center for world peace, various nations have built temples, monasteries and stupas in the International Monastic Zone. Even if you're not religiously inclined or spiritually directed, those gorgeous architectures are sure to charm you. Shall I post few monastery photos from Lumbini?
|The Eternal Peace Lamp at Lumbini.|