There are some things that even words together with photographs cannot do justice to. Hiranyavarna Mahavihar in Kwabahal of Patan, Lalitpur, is one such experience. The beauty of its structure and the fascination of its environment are things that must be experienced personally by being there.
Lumbini in Kapilvastu District of mid-western Nepal is one of the four essential Buddhist pilgrimage sites for devotees around the world, the others being Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya, and Sarnath in India. Lumbini is where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam in 563 BCE.
The story goes like this: Shiva falls in love with, and marries, Dakshayani, daughter of Dakshya Prajapati, a descendant of Lord Brahma, an unlikely villain of the story who isn’t pleased that his beautiful daughter is married to the rough-looking, high-living Shiva.
Thousands of visitors come to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha every year. Many come from countries where Buddhism is a predominant religion, such as Japan and Sri Lanka, and for them, it is more of a pilgrimage rather than just a tourist destination.
If you are in one of the Terai towns during this time, you’ll no doubt see a lot of saffron clad people readying to go on this unique pilgrimage. They usually form groups of family members, friends, or their particular localities. You’ll hear them shouting “Bol Bam” repeatedly.
Nepal holds a unique place in the world of Buddhist culture and teaching. Lumbini, being the place of birth of Prince Siddhartha, who after leaving his palace and practicing for years. attained full awakening,