The Department of Archeology under Nepal Government has begun excavations at Bhawanipur, Kerwani in Rupandehi believed to be Lord Buddha’s maternal home. Archeologists are trying to unearth evidence of Devdaha being the actual home Lord Buddha’s mother Mayadevi by conducting detailed excavations at the above site.
Marker stone marking the exact spot of Lord Buddha's birth inside Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini
One of Asia’s best gift to the world is Buddhism. Based on Lord Buddha’s teachings of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) &’ Dharma’(truth), Buddhism spread from Nepal and India to the rest of Asia and the world. Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, which lies in Nepal, has become a major centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists worldwide. In an article posted in bbc.com/travel entitled ‘10 Sites of Religious Pilgrimage,’ Lumbini together with Mecca, Vatican City, Golden Temple, Badrinath, Wailing Wall etc. has been listed as the 'must-visit' pilgrimage destination.
In order to promote Lord Buddha’s birthplace and his message of peace, Nepal’s government has declared year 2012 as Visit Lumbini Year.
Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini during Buddha Purnima (Pic courtesy : NTB)
Overall we had a great trip with great staff and felt that we experienced the Himalayas and Nepal to the utmost.