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Parinirvana Stupa and Parinirvana Temple, Kushinagar
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Parinirvana Stupa is a Buddhist temple in Kushinagar, India which said to be death place of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Alexander Cunningham gains the most attention for his work in the area, because he conclusively proved that Gautama Buddha had died in the area. The present temple was built by the Indian Government in 1956 as part of the commemoration of the 2,500th year of the Mahaparinivana or 2500 BE (Buddhist Era). Inside this temple, there is Reclinging Buddha image lying on its right side with the head to the north. The statue is 6.1 m long and rests on a stone couch.HistoryAfter 45 years of missionary activities Buddha, severely stricken with illness finally reached to Kushinagar, where he ordained his last disciple and uttered his last words to sangha and attained Parinirvana in 487 BCE. Maurya king Ashoka reportedly visited Kushinagar in 260 BCE where he builded several caityas, stupas to honor the Buddha's place of Nirvana. Kushinagar buddhist sites was steadily expanded during Kushan empire (c. 50-241 CE), while Kushinagar witnessed golden age during Gupta empire(c. 320-647 CE) when Parinirvana stupa was largely expanded and Parinirvana Temple was reconstructed along with huge reclining Buddha statue.
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  • I had not yet visited Bodhgaya and I was very impressed by the fervor. I liked to sit in a corner and attend the awards ceremony of the dress to the statue of the Buddha.
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  • Upon entering the grounds of this important site where Lord Buddha died, you are immediately taken away from the hustle and bustle outside. The area is beautifully kept and landscaped, and is peaceful...  more »
  • This Stupa has scripts related to Nirvana which is being free from the cycle of life and death. It tells that it is ultimate aim of life what Buddha teaches. 
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  • Kushinagar is a good & peacefull tourist & historical place -prbudha society
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  • Important landmark to all Buddhists where Lord Buddha took his last breath. Devine place.
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