On the bucket list of most Buddhists across the globe, Kushinagar is one of the world’s most sought-after Buddhist pilgrimage centres.
Once a part of the Malla Kingdom and christened with the name Kusinara, this destination in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, also has a link with the Ramayana. It is widely rumoured that it was once the capital of the Kosala Kingdom and was built by Lord Rama’s son, Kush.
Kushinagar and Buddhism
According to Buddhism, Kushinagar is one of the four holy sites where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Parinirvana. There is a large number of Stupas, Viharas and Buddha statues built here by the great emperor Ashoka.
There are a number of Buddhist attractions at Kushinagar that make the city a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. These include the Mahaparinirvana Temple, Nirvana Stupa, Meditation Park, Mathakuar Shrine and the Kushinagar Museum.