Maya Devi Temple

Read the story in:

The Mayadevi Temple: The Maya Devi Temple is the heart of all monuments at this holy site. It houses the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture and the structural ruins, all relevant to the birth of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha. The Marker Stone pinpoints the exact birth spot and the Nativity Sculpture depicts the birth scene of the Prince Siddhartha.
The structural ruins inside Mayadevi Temple belong to 6th century BC to 5th century AD. It consists of 15 box chambers arranged in 5 rows in east-west and 3 rows in north-south direction as well as a circumambulatory path surrounded by an outer wall.

Listen to the story in:

Mahakal Temple

Read the story in:

The Mayadevi Temple: The Maya Devi Temple is the heart of all monuments at this holy site. It houses the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture and the structural ruins, all relevant to the birth of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha. The Marker Stone pinpoints the exact birth spot and the Nativity Sculpture depicts the birth scene of the Prince Siddhartha.
The structural ruins inside Mayadevi Temple belong to 6th century BC to 5th century AD. It consists of 15 box chambers arranged in 5 rows in east-west and 3 rows in north-south direction as well as a circumambulatory path surrounded by an outer wall.

Listen to the story in:

East Monastic Zone

Read the story in:

The East Monastic Zone represents the Theravada (Hinayana) school of Buddhism where 13 plots are allotted for construction of Viharas. There are five Theravada Buddhist monasteries and one Vipassana meditation centre in operation in the East Monastic Zone while, three monasteries are under construction. They are:

1) The Royal Thai Monastery, Thailand;2) Canadian Engaged Buddhism Association (Bodhi Institute Monastery and Dharma Center) (under construction); 3) Mahabodhi Society Temple of India; 4) Nepal Theravada Buddha Vihar (under construction); 5) Cambodian Temple, Cambodia (under construction); 6) Myanmar Golden Temple, Myanmar; 7) International Gautami Nuns Temple, Nepal; 8) Sri Lankan Monastery, Sri Lanka and 9) Dhamma Janani Vipassana Center, Nepal.

Listen to the story in:

Lumbini Development Trust

Read the story in:

Lumbini Development Trust is a special body of Government of Nepal under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to administer Buddhist sites of Greater Lumbini Area. The Trust was formed with enactment of Lumbini Development Trust Act 2042. Major responsibilities of the Trust are to explore, excavate, conserve and develop the Buddhist sites are that directly or indirectly associated with the life of Sakyamuni Buddha and earlier Buddhas. Currently, historic Buddhist sites Lumbini, Kudan, Gotihawa, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, Araurakot, Sagarhawa, Devadaha and Ramagrama are under the jurisdiction of the LDT. The LDT is working to complete Lumbini Master Plan in a top priority, and simultaneously undertaking archaeological and conservation works in other historic sites.


The birthplace of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha in Lumbini, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the abode of peace and an ultimate pilgrimage to the Buddhist devotees and peace lovers from around the world. Lord Sakyamuni Buddha was born here in 623 BC and preached the universal message of peace and compassion; therefore, it is regarded one of the most sacred places for people who believe in Buddhism. Buddhist pilgrims, peace lovers and general visitors from around the world visit Lumbini to pay homage to Lord Sakyamuni Buddha and observe the sanctity and shrines that are hallowed by the birth of the Buddha.

Listen to the story in:

Sacred Garden

Read the story in:

The Sacred Garden, the epicenter of the Master Plan, represents the southern part of the Master Plan and comprises the sacred birthplace of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha. Historical monuments and objects of high archaeological, religious and spiritual value located in this zone include the Maya Devi Temple, the Asoka Pillar, the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture, Sacred Pond (Puskarini), and many structural ruins including Buddhist Viharas & Stupas. The Sacred Garden landscape is encircled by a Circular Pond and a Circular Levee, which symbolize the purity and simplicity of the mandala, a mystic symbol of the universe.

Listen to the story in:

West Monastic Zone

Read the story in:

The West Monastic Zone comprises 29 plots of land, each allotted for construction of Mahayana monastery. 14 Mahayana Buddhist monasteries and two meditation centres are in operation, while four monasteries are under construction in the West Monastic Zone. They are:


1) Ka-Nying Shedrup Monastery (Seto Gumba), Nepal (under construction); 2) Zarong Tgupten Mendol Dogna Chholing, Nepal (under construction); 3) Urgen Dorjee Chholing Buddhist Center, Singapore; 4) Nepal Vajrayana Maha Vihara, Nepal (under construction); 5) French Buddhist Association, France; 6) The Great Lotus Stupa (Tara Foundation), Germany; 7) Drigung Kagyud Meditation Center, Laddakh; 8) The World Linh Son Buddhist Congregation, France; 9) Japanese Monastery, Japan (under construction); 10) United Tungaram Buddhist Foundation, Nepal; 11) Thrangu Vajra Vidhya Buddhist Association, Canada; 12) Vietnam Phat Quoc Tu, Vietnam; 13) Geden International Monastery, Austria; 14) Chinese Monastery, China; 15) Dae Sung Shakya Temple, South Korea; 16) Drubgyud Chhoeling Monastery (Nepal Mahayana temple); 17) Dharmodhaya Sabha Nepal (Swayambhu Mahavihara); 18) Karma Samtenling Monastery, Nepal; 19) Manang Samaj Stupa, Nepal; and 20) Pandirarama Lumbini International Meditation Center, Myanmar.

Listen to the story in:

Placed By: