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Title : THE BUDDHIST SITE OF KUSHINAGAR
Date : Feb 09, 2022
Topic à Indian Culture:
- Historical significance of Kushinagar:
- Among one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimages, Kushinagar is where the Buddha discovered the Mahaparinirvana (great salvation) in c. 483 BC.
- Modern-day Kushinagar is identified in Kushinara, the capital of the ancient Republic of Malla, which was one of the 16 mahajanapadas of the 6th-4th century BC.
- The area continued to be part of the Mauryas, Shungas, Kushanas, Gupta, Harshavardhana and Palala kingdoms.
- The first excavations in Kushinagar were made by Alexander Cunningham and ACL Carlleyle, who unearthed the main stupa and a six-foot-tall statue of the Reclining Buddha in 1876.
- Kushinagar is among the very few places in India where the Buddha is shown in the reclining form.
- About the Buddhist Circuit:
- In 2016, the Department of Tourism announced the Buddhist Circuit as the first national tourism destination in the country, covering Nepal and Sri Lanka alongside those in India.
- The Buddhist Circuit Service Map includes Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, and Rajgir in Bihar, Kushinagar, Sarnath, and Shravasti in the UP, and Lumbini in Nepal.
Tags : Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, and Rajgir in Bihar, Kushinagar, Sarnath,Shravasti