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Kushinagar



 


What :

It was in Kushinagar in 543 B.C. that the Brahmin prince Siddhartha Gautama, who founded the Buddhist religion as Lord Buddha, took his last drink of water and died in the final stage of his enlightenment known as parinirvana.

Many of the religious monuments that dot the landscape here had been lost for centuries until The Archaeological Survey of India began excavations in the later part of the 19th century. The archeologists unearthed a gold image of the reclining Buddha from the 5th century. The 20-feet long statue depicts the holy man on his deathbed facing west towards the setting sun. The Mahaparinirvana Temple that houses the statue was rebuilt in 1927, and the extensive lawns in the area were re-landscaped by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Not far from the Mahaparinirvana Temple, the Ramabhar Stupa reaches more than 40-feet into the air. The red brick structure marks what is believed to be the cremation grounds of The Buddha’s body, and while visiting the area on a tour of India it’s common to see monks and pilgrims meditating and making offerings along the palm tree lined path leading to the structure.

The Buddha Museum of Kushinagar houses numerous works of art and architecture, and its varied exhibits purvey a great deal of information about one of the most important sites in the world for Buddhist Pilgrims.


When :

Kushinagar’s best weather falls between October and March. The ambient temperature rises steadily between April and June until July through September seasonal rains cool the region considerably while resuscitating the verdant green of the area’s forests and plains.


Where :

The ancient holy city of Kushinagar is located in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The town’s ancient ruins are best reached by private vehicle departing from the nearby city of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.


Who :

Kushinagar is one of the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. It’s a special chance for guests on our India tours to experience one of the most sacred pilgrimage points in Buddhism that no traveler should miss.


Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather in light clothing while visiting the ruins, and bring along a good pair of shoes to walk around the garden areas and historic structures that dot the landscape. There are many temples and sacred ruins in the area that range from ancient to newly built, and depending on the customs of that particular site, visitors may be required to remove their shoes or cover their shoulders, arms, and knees before entering.




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