Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, two thousand five hundred years ago. Shakyamuni Buddha was born to royal family. En route to her parent’s home, she gave birth to Siddharta Gautama in the gardens of Lumbini.
After his powerful birth, prince Siddhartha lived in his father’s place, shielded from the evil and pain of the outside world. This transformed the mortal prince into a Buddha.
He spent his life guiding people towards Nirvana, love and friendship. A large stone pillar of erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.
A quiet garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type under which Buddha received enlightenment) and a newly planted forest nearby lend an air of tranquility, which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings. Lumbini is now being developed under mastered plan of the Lumbini development trust, a non government organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. The development will include a monastic zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka pillar and Maya Devi temple and Lumbini village, where visitors will find lodges, restaurants, a cultural center and tourist facilities.
An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years.