Kushinagar is one of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites. It was the place where Gautam Buddha, breathed his last, as such it is considered as one of the holiest places in Buddhism. As soon as you step on the sacred land of Kushinagar, you will be moved by the peacefulness of the place and the captivating Buddhist architecture.
Places to visit in Kushinagar
Kushinagar houses some of the beautiful Buddhist architectures that will immediately capture your attention. King Asoka built a pilgrimage site at the place to mark Buddha’s place of Parinirvana which was further beautified by the rulers of the place. Kushinagar has a lot to offer to its visitors.
Parinirvana stupa houses the 6.10 meters long reclining Nirvana statue of lord buddha. The statue is placed on a large pedestal and represents Gautam Buddha attaining Parinirvana.
Also known as Mukutbandhan-Chaitya, Ramabhar stupa, is one of the prime attractions of Kushinagar. It is the place where Gautam Buddha attained Parinirvana (final enlightenment) and is situated about 1.5 km east from the Parinirvana stupa, surrounded by lush greenery.
MathaKuar shrine contains a huge statue of Buddha sitting under the Bodhi Tree in Bhumisparsh Mudra (touching the ground pose). The statue is said to be carved out of a single stone.
Chinese Temple is another temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. It has a beautiful Vietnamese and Chinese architecture.
Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple
The temple is a beautiful marvel that portrays the glory of Buddhism. It has the popular eight metal alloy statue of Gautam Buddha which was brought here from Japan. The temple is a specimen of the contribution of Buddhist followers from different lands.
Wat Thai Temple
Located amidst beautiful scenery, Wat Thai Temple dedicated to Gautam Buddha is a sight to behold. Its beautiful architecture attracts visitors from around the world.
Besides the above-mentioned places, there are several other sites like the Sun Temple, Archaeological Museum, Meditation Park that you can visit.
Buddh Purnima Festival
On the occasion of Buddha’s Birthday also known as the Vesak Day, a month-long fair is held in Kushinagar. During this period, not only Buddhist pilgrims but also the people from nearby regions that are Hindu dominant participate in various ceremonies and perform Puja.
How to reach in Kushinagar?
Kushinagar is located in the north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh. Being a prime pilgrimage location, it is easily accessible via various means of travel.
Air: Varanasi airport is the nearest to Kushinagar. It is well connected with other regions. Upon reaching the airport you can take a bus or private taxi to Kushinagar.
Rail: Gorakhpur railway station located 30 miles from Kushinagar is the nearest railway station to the site.
Road: The area is well-developed and is connected to all the prime locations of Uttar Pradesh. Hence, you can reach Kushinagar via road quite easily by hiring a taxi or taking a bus ride.