The Kushinagar Pilgrimage
The Importance of Kushinagar:
Kushinagar, is a town in the Kushinagar district of the Indianstate of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites since according to the Maha-parinirvana Sutta, Lord Buddha made his last journey to Kushinagar, where he attained Parinirvana and was cremated. It is today an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre, as it had been in the past.
The followers of Buddhism, especially from Asian countries, wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime.
The Emperor Ashoka had built a stupa and the pilgrimage site to mark Buddha's Parinirvana in Kushinagar and archaeological evidence from the 3rd century BCE suggests that the Kushinagar site was als an ancient pilgrimage site.
After Breakfast we will be visiting the following places at Kushinagar; The Parinirvana Temple, with the Parinirvana Stupa, The Nirvana Chaitya, The Ramabhar Stupa, The Matha Kaur Shrine, The Wat Thai Temple, The Indo-Japan-Sri lanka Temple and many other temples based on architecture from different Eastern Countries.
There are also several Museums and Meditation parks which we will see.
After completing our Tour of Kushinagar, we will then head to Lumbini, Lumbini is at a distance of approximately 146 Kilometers from Kushi Nagar, and we will cover this distance within approximately 4.30 hours, upon arrival in Lumbini, we will check in to the Hotel for Night Stay.
The Places you will see at Kushinagar:
The Maha-Parinirvana Temple, with the Parinirvana Stupa:
The highlight of this modest temple, rebuilt in 1927 and set among extensive lawns and ancient excavated ruins with a circumambulatory path, is its serene 5th-century reclining Buddha, unearthed in 1876. Six metres long, it depicts Buddha on his ancient death-bed and is one of the world's most moving Buddhist icons. At sunset, monks cover the statue to the shoulders with a long saffron-coloured silk sheet, as though putting Buddha to bed for the night.
Behind the temple is an ancient 19m-tall stupa, and in the surrounding park is a large bell erected by the Dalai Lama.
The Reclining Buddha:
The reclining Nirvana statue of the Buddha is inside the Parinirvana Stupa. Unearthed in 1876. Six metres long, it depicts Buddha on his ancient death-bed and is one of the world's most moving Buddhist icons.
The Nirvana Chaitya:
Nirvana Chaitya is located just behind the Main Parinirvana Temple. It was excavated by Carlleyle in the year 1876. During excavations, a copper-plate was found, which contained the text of the "Nidana-Sutra" which concluded the statement that plate had been deposited in the "Nirvana-Chaitya" by one Haribala, who also installed the great Nirvana Statue of Buddha in the temple front.
The Ramabhar Stupa:
Ramabhar Stupa, also called a Mukutbandhan-Chaitya, is the cremation -place of Buddha. This Site is 1.5 km east of the main Nirvana Temple on the Kushinagar-Deoria road.
The Matha Kaur Shrine:
Colossal statue of Lord Buddha is installed, which is carved out of one block which represents Buddha seated under the "Bodhi Tree" in a pose known as "Bhumi Sparsh Mudra" (Earth touching attitude). The inscription at the base of statue is datable to the 10th or 11th Century A.D
The Wat Thai Temple:
It is a huge complex built in a typical Thai-Buddhist architectural fashion.