Kushinagar: The Place of Buddha’s Ascension

While visiting Uttar Pradesh I had a chance to also visit the temple city of Kushinagar, 53 kms west of Gorakhpur. This city is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe.  Lord Buddha passed away or ascended in this place and his cremation site is also here. Many of the stupas and viharas here date to 230BC-413AD.

Almost all of the Buddhist nations are represented here.  There are stupas and temples here from Thailand, China, Japan, Nepal and others.  The site where Buddhas cremation urn was excavated is also here.  The cremation site is 1.5 kms from the city and is open to visitors.

A highlight in Kushinagar is the golden reclining Buddha statue, which was unearthed during an excavation in 1876. This can be found in the Mahaparinirvana Temple.  This temple was built on the site  where Lord Buddhas cremation urn was found. 

The Thai temple is a round temple that carries your voice. Try saying OMmmmmmm in the temple and see how long it lasts. The sound goes on and on.

Excavations are still under way to uncover the remaining buildings where Buddha once walked. This place is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world.