Kushinagar Mahaparinirvan place of Buddha Rambhar Stupa in India

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General Information About Kushinagar

Country India
State Uttar Pradesh
Location 53 KM from Gorakhpur
Best time to visit October to March
Tourist places to visit Mahaparinirvana Temple , Rambhar Stupa , Mukutbandhan Chaitya , Monasteries, Buddha Museum
Significance Lord Buddha cremated in Mahaparinirvana Stupa , Mahaparinirvana Temple , Reclining Buddha
Nearby Tourist Places Bodhgaya, Rajgir , Nalanda , Vaishali , Kesaria , Lauria Nandangarh , Sarnath , etc.
Festivals to visit Buddha Purnima , Nirvana Day

Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is a modern district in India. Kushinagar is situated in Uttar Pradesh, India, approximately 52km east of the city of Gorakhpur. NH-28 is the highway it lies on. It is believed that this was the place where Lord Buddha took his last breath. There are archaeological findings to suggest the evidence of existence of an ancient city at and before the time of Buddha.

Best Time to Visit Kushinagar

The time between October and March serves as a pleasant window in terms of the best time to visit Kushinagar.

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How to Reach Kushinagar

You can reach Kushinagar from Gorakhpur which is nearest transport circuit connected to all major routes across India and also to Nepal. Gorakhpur is 52 Km from Kushinagar whereby you can take bus, local train of taxi to reach Kushinagar.Buddhist Tour in India offers Buddhist Pilgrimage to Kushinagar.

Tourist Attractions of Kushinagar

Tourist Attractions of Kushinagar are Mahaparinirvana Temple, Rambhar Stupa (Chaitya), MathaKuar Shrine, Reclining Buddha Statue , Watt Thai Temple , Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple and Kushinagar Kushinagar Museum .

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Near-by Tourist Attractions Kushinagar

Kushinagar is connected with all major places of Buddhist Sector sites in India. You can reach Sarnath, Bodhgaya , Lumbini , Kaushambi , Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda and Kesaria from Kushinagar which are just a few hundred kilometers away.

There is a proposed Buddhist Sector Highway to connect Sarnath, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya in one way.

Weather and Climate of Kushinagar

Kaushambi experiences hot and humid summers and mild winters. Summers extend from March to September with maximum temperature touching 40-45°C while winters extend from December to February with minimum temperature touching 5°C. Rainy season extends from June to September.

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Buddhism in Kushinagar

The origins of the present region we refer to as Kushinagar can be found as far back as in Valmiki’sRamayana, which claims that the land, at the time called Kushawati, was established by Kush, the son of Rama. This name held all the way till the pre Buddhist period, and in due course, with the coming of the Mallas Mahajanpads, the land was renamed Kushinara. However, Buddhist Pali text suggests that the name Kushawati came before the arrival of King Kush, and the foundation of it lay in the fact that there has always been an abundance of the Kush grass in the region.

The most noteworthy thing about the history of Kushinagar is that the Buddha chose it as the place for his last sermon and the attainment of Mahaparinirvana (attainment of nirvana in death, the ultimate nirvana). It is widely believed that the Buddha chose this site for his last sermon and death for three reasons: firstly, that it would be best suited for the preaching of the Maha-SudassanaSutta. Furthermore, it was chosen so that Subhadda, a 120 year old Brahmin who had been turned away by Ananda, one of the Buddha’s oldest disciples, would be able to visit him there and join the sangha (Buddhist order). Immediately after his conversion, Subhadda passed away. Lastly, Kushinagar was chosen so that the presence of Doha the Brahmin could be ensured, to resolve any conflicts that may arise regarding the relics of the Buddha after his death.

Local Sightseeing of Kushinagar

Local tourist places to visit in Kushinagar include Mahaparinirvana Temple where Lord Buddha took his last breath, Rambhar Stupa also called Mukutbandhan Chaityawhere Lord Buddha was cremated, Monasteries (Watt Thai Temple) made by different countries in cultural exchange.

You can also visit Kushinagar Buddha Museum, Mathakuar Shrine and Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple.

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