Located right in front of the Maya Devi temple in Lumbini, Maya Devi Pond is quite a simple yet attractive square shaped structure with steps all around to ascend to the water level. Also known as Puskarini, this is where Gautama Buddha's mother - Maya Devi - used to bathe. In fact, Lord Buddha was also bathed in the pristine waters of the pond after his birth. A grand temple now takes the location where Buddha was born and the Maya Devi pond is located right in front of the shrine. The temple complex is quite well maintained and provides a tranquil ambiance for the visitors. One glance at the calm waters reflecting the divine temple in the backdrop is bound to put one at ease. Those seeking peace are sure to be drawn here.
On one side of the pond is a well-kept garden with tall trees, lined by lush green bushes and on the other are ancient ruins that date back to the 3rd Century B.C. These ruins are believed to be the remains of ancient temples and stupas protected with brick pavilions.
Another monument that will grab one's attention here is the Ashok Pillar, which was built by Emperor Ashoka in homage to Gautama Buddha's journey towards enlightenment and his teachings. The pond, therefore, is not just religiously significant but has great historical importance too. On special occasions, the steps around the pond are illuminated with oil lamps after sundown to worship the sacred place. The sight of the clutter free temple complex and the glittering lamps is quite inviting and uplifting for the soul.
The temple complex has been built around the exact location where Lord Buddha was born in 632 B.C. An almost worn out sandstone statue of Gautama Buddha is located in the heart of the complex. This statue was installed in the 14th century by Ripu Malla, a King belonging to the Malla Dynasty. It was during this time that Queen Maya Devi was considered to be their Mother Goddess and was worshipped at the temple. A stone has been installed below the statue to mark the exact spot of the birth of Gautama Buddha. This stone has been encased in a glass case to avoid further wear and tear but can be witnessed by all the visitors.
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