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Date : Feb 09, 2022

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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.


  • Source à Indian Express

Tags : Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, and Rajgir in Bihar, Kushinagar, Sarnath,Shravasti

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