KUSHINAGAR - THE HOLIEST PILGRIMAGE

When Buddha turned 80, he predicted at Vaishali (now in Bihar) on the day of Magh Purnima that he would achieve Mahaparinirvana at Kushinagar - the capital of Mallas - exactly three months later. All pilgrimage sites in Kushinagar associated with Buddha's life are concentrated in a small hamlet called Kasia. Kushinagar is 53km from Gorakhpur and 35km from Deoria.

Sri Yogi Adityanath
Hon. Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

As we all know, Kushinagar is the sacred place chosen by Lord Buddha himself to achieve Mahaparinirvana. This is the place where he was cremated and his relics were distributed.

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Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshi
Minister of Tourism, Uttar Pradesh

I am happy to learn that a special kit containing tourism literature on Kushinagar including this book has been prepared for release on the occasion of the World Tourism

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Mr. Rajiv Kumar
Chief Secretary - Uttar Pradesh

I am pleased to know that a comprehensive kit containing tourism literature on Kushinagar, this book, a video file and a brochure has been prepared for release by the Hon'ble Chief Minister

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Mr. Awanish Kumar Awasthi
Principal Secretary - Information and Tourism, U.P.

I am overwhelmed by the first ever coffee-table book on Kushinagar. It contains graphic illustrations and lucid text on Kushinagar. This book not only provides first-hand information on Kushinagar

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Mr. Andra Vamsi(IAS)
District Magistrate, Kushinagar, U.P.

When I took over as District Magistrate of Kushinagar, one of the first things that struck me was the fact that Kushinagar does not attract as many tourists and pilgrims as it deserves.

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Mr. Rajesh Pandey
Member of Parliament Kushinagar

The dream of an international airport at Kushinagar has always haunted me. It is a dream I share with the incumbent District Magistrate of Kushinagar, Sri Andra Vamsi. Because, in the heart of..

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Popular Places of Kushinagar


MathaKuar Shrine

MathaKuar Shrine

Prominent among the archaeological finds is the statue of Buddha consecrated at the Matha Kuar Shrine.

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Mahaparinirvana

The Mahanirvana Temple and Stupa

Excavations under the supervision of A.C.L. Carlleyle in 1876-77 yielded the remains of the main . . .

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Cremation of Buddha

Chinese Buddhist Temple

Linh-Son Vietnam Chinese Buddhist Temple is located further north of the Burmese Temple....

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Japanese Sri Lanka Temple

Japanese Sri Lanka Temple

This temple is a joint-venture between the AIK World Buddhist Culture Association Japan and the Sri Lanka

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Mahasukhandada Chin Thurgyi Pagoda

Burmese Pagoda Temple

Mahasukhandada Chin Thurgyi Pagoda or the Burmese Temple is fashioned after the Shwedagon

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Mahasukhandada Chin Thurgyi Pagoda

Wat Thai Temple

Wat Thai Temple is one of the most elaborate Buddhist temple complexes developed in Kushinagar

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Buddha Ghat

Buddha Ghat

The spot from which Ananda fetched water for Buddha from Hiranyavati river for the last time is

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DRamabhar Stupa

Ramabhar Stupa

The Ramabhar Stupa or the Mukuta Bandana Chaitya was first excavated in 1910 but the entire stupa was

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DRamabhar Stupa

Tibetan Gompa

Tibetan Buddhist Temple and Phuntsok Choephelling Namgyal Monastery has a small shrine on the first . . .

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Countryside

Countryside

When Buddha turned 80, he predicted at Vaishali (now in Bihar) on the day of Magh Purnima that he would

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Important Links

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Char Dham for Buddhist Pilgrims

Before his Mahaparinirvana, Buddha announced the four spots associated with his life which should be considered most sacred for pilgrimage by his disciples and followers according to Mahaparinirva Sutra or 'Mahaparinibbana Sutta' as it was originally called in Pali. These include his birthplace Lumbini; Bodh Gaya - the place where he attained enlightenment; Sarnath-the place where he preached his first sermon, formed his Sanga with five disciples and set the wheel of Dharmachakra in motion; and Kushinagar - where he preached his last sermon, breathed his last, was cremated, his relics were distributed and interred. These, for all practical purposes, constitute the Char Dham Yatra for Buddhist pilgrims.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell

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