Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:13:40 GMT

Buddha heritage tour reaches Nepal on 7th day

Lumbini (Nepal), Jan 26 (PTI) In its final leg, the Buddhism heritage tour which began in New Delhi reached Lumbini, the birth-place of Lord Buddha today.

A day after exploring the "place of death" of Lord Buddha at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, the Buddha Heritage tour, a joint initiative of the Odisha Government and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has reached here.

Being one of the four prominent holy places of Buddhism after Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Sarnath, Lumbini is considered to be a Mecca of Buddhist pilgrims.

Lumbini, the birth place of Siddhartha Gautam, who later was known to the world as Buddha, is situated at the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, and surrounded by rows of Sal trees.

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Lumbini is best known for the historic Mahamaya temple, Ashokan Pillar and the Puskarini pond where Buddha''s mother Maya is believed to have taken a bath prior to his birth.

The tour began on Janurary 20 with ''Mahaparinirvan Express'' being flagged off in New Delhi for Gaya with over 80 passengers for an eight-day long journey to various Buddhist heritage sites across India.

The tour is will conclude tomorrow after a day-long trip to Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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