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Kusinara; Kasia Bazar

"One of the Four Holy Sites of Buddhism"

Kushinagar Tourism

Located in the north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh near Gorakhpur, Kushinagar is a prominent Buddhism pilgrimage site. This religious town is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana, making Kushinagar an international tourist destination, especially among the followers of Buddhism. 

It is believed that Lord Buddha died in Kushinagar after which Emperor Ashoka built a stupa here to mark the parinirvana site. The stupa houses the reclining nirvana statue of Buddha which depicts the "dying Buddha" reclining of the right side. Other places of prominence here include Nirvana Chaitya, Rambhar Stupa, and Matha Kuar Shrine apart from some tiny temples.

Kushinagar's one main road is lined with temples run by Buddhist nations, where you can stay, contemplate or simply chat with the monks. Through its principal ruins, Kushinagar offers a view of fascinating ancient architectural expertise through the structures of strategically built monasteries and life-like sculptures of deities.

Kushinagar, named after Kush grass due to its plentifulness in the region, is heavily dependent on its growing tourism industry. Every year on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a grand fair is organised here which is thronged by the locals and pilgrims from far and wide. 

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Places to Visit

1. Meditation Park
Located close to the Nirvana Temple, Meditation Park, is identified as one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. One may connect with nature among its lush greenery and fragrant flowers, creating a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. As its name suggests, many visitors use this opportunity for participating in meditation exercises.

2. Wat Thai Temple
Also known as the Wat Thai Kushinara Chalermaraj Temple, Wat Thai Temple is a place of worship established by Thai Buddhist. The influence of these devotees is evident in the temple’s distinct architecture. The unique temple features a beautiful garden, a fully functioning school, an extensive library and a monastery.

3. Nirvana Temple
One of the most frequently visited attractions in Kushinagar, located at a distance of 2 kilometres from the heart of the city. Nirvana Temple is an important Buddhist place of worship, featuring a 6-meter-long statue of Lord Buddha in a reclining position, depicting the last moments before his death.

4. Ramabhar Stupa
A sacred place, at the height of approximately 50 feet, which is popular among followers of Buddhism. This shrine is recognized as the spot where Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was cremated. This attraction is located at Anrudhwa, Uttar Pradesh 274402.

History

The significance of Kushinagar traces back to the Malla Dynasty, at which time the city served as the capital of the administration. It is recognized as one of the significant 16 kingdoms (Mahajan Padas) of ancient India. Kushinagar is also known as the place where Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, took his last breath. As a result, one may observe several Buddhist shrines and relics, including stupas and viharas originating from 230 BC-AD 413. Several of these were rediscovered by the General A. Cuningham and C.L. Carlleyle, as well as the Archaeological Survey of India, who conducted excavation programs in 1861 and 1904 – 1912 respectively in Kushinagar. The city’s unique attractions and spiritual significance draw the attention of pilgrims from every corner of the world.

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What is famous about Kushinagar?

Kushinagar provides an opportunity to explore important historical and devotional places.

What is not so good about Kushinagar?

The city is considered to be unsafe at night and lacks nightlife facilities.

Who should visit Kushinagar?

Spiritually inclined individuals, those who wish to learn about the city's culture and history, and those who enjoy admiring marvellous architecture should visit Kushinagar.

What is the best time to visit Kushinagar?

Kushinagar has three distinct seasons of summer (April to June), monsoon (July to September), and winter (October to March). Kushinagar has an average of 1261 millimetres of precipitation in a year, mostly concentrated in the monsoon season. As a result, the period from November to February is the best time to visit Kushinagar as it has a pleasant weather.
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What are the places near Kushinagar?

The top places near to Kushinagar are Varanasi which is 183 km from Kushinagar, Sarnath which is located 174 km from Kushinagar, Patna which is located 177 km from Kushinagar, Vaishali which is located 144 km from Kushinagar, Agra which is located 585 km from Kushinagar

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