Kushinagar is another principal centre of Buddhism, worth a sincere
admiration, is the place where Lord Buddha passed away at this place near
the Hiranyavati River and was cremated at the Ramabhar stupa. It was once a
celebrated center of the Malla kingdom. Many of its stupas and viharas date
back to 230 BC-AD 413. when its prosperity was at the peak. In 543 BC, on a
full moon night of Magh the legend delivered lecture to his Sangha and
declared that he is going to leave the mortal world soon enough.
The excavations led by general Cunningham has revealed some antique
artifacts and structures related to all sects of Buddhism. Kushinagar also
expresses the common thread of all sects of Buddhism through its magnificent
Viharas, Chaityas, temples and Tibetan monasteries. In ancient times, the
town was also known as Kushinara and Kasia.
Wat Thai temple -
The unique temple, built to celebrate the victory of
King Bhumibol's great accession of the throne, and the subsequent Golden
Jubilee, is worth a watch, especially because of the innumerable trees that
were planted here.Besides, there's the Chinese temple, the Meditation Park
and an International Buddha trust, and the Birla temple to add charm to
roaming around in the city.
Ramabhar Stupa -
About 1.5 km away from Mahaparinirvana
Temple, this large Stupa rises to a height of 49 ft. It marks the site where
the Lord Buddha was cremated. In ancient Buddhist texts, this Stupa has been
referred to as 'Mukut-Bandhan Vihar'.
Japanese temple -
A beautiful eight metals statue of the
Buddha, which was brought from from Japan, can be visited here.
Gorakhpur is an important Hindu destination,
due to the numerous temples, including the Gorakhnath temple, the Vishnu
temple, gita Vatika, Gita press, and the Arogya Mandir. Besides, there are
important institutions of other religions such as the Imambara. The
planetarium and the circuit house are also worth a visit.
This immensely important Buddhist pilgrimage,
the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is in Nepal, at a distance of 122 km from
Gorakhpur, houses some of the most important artifacts of literature and art
related to the life of Lord Buddha.
How to get there
Gorakhpur is the nearest airport, at a distance of
44 kms from the place. Kasia airstrip-5 Kms, Amausi airport Lucknow-252 Kms,
Babatpur Airport in Varanasi-286 Kms.
The nearest railway station, a convenient one, is
Gorakhpur, which is linked to important railway stations.
The national highway numbered 28 connects the
place with other important destinations of the state.
Where to stay ( Hotels
-|- Temples/Monasteries )
There are accommodation facilities available, in the Dharmashalas and other
charitable trusts. In Kushinagar, there's Hotel LOTUS NIKKO IS 55 kms from
Gorakhpur railway station. International Guesthouse, Hindu brila Buddha
Dharmashala, Nepalese Dharmashala etc are good places to stay. The UP
Tourism accommodation, the Pathik Niwas is also quite good.