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Lumbini

Lumbinī (Sanskrit: लुम्बिनी, "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 BCE. Lumbini is one of four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the others being at Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath. Lumbini was where the Buddha lived until the age of 29. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. Also located here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath, as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form.
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Transport 
By air The closest airport is at Siddharthanagar, where flights to and from Kathmandu are served. But lately Lumbini itself is planning to operate an airport besides it for the convenience of tourists and sightseeing persons.


By bus
It's a 10 hour drive from the capital city Kathmandu.

3D view of lumbini follow : 
http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/asia/south-asia/nepal/lumbini/ashokan-s-pillar/sphere-flash.html


References



http://en.wikipedia.org/
See Mukerji: Asoka, p.27; 
see p.201f for details MA.ii.810

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