Outside Gorakhpur ( Excursion)
In eastern U.P., Gorakhpur is the place of cultural importance as the 'Cradle of Buddhism'.
51 Km east of Gorakhpur on National
Highway no. 28, Kushinagar is an international tourist place closely associated with
legend Lord Buddha, Founder of Buddhism . It is one of the four sacred places of
Lord Buddha. Buddha delivered his last sermon, attained
Mahaparinirvana (salvation) in 483 BC and was cremated at Rambhar Stupa. The reclining nirvana statue of Lord Buddha inside the temple is 6.10 mt. long and is made of monolith red-sand stone of the 5th century A.D. It represents the 'Dieing-Buddha' reclining on his right side with his face towards the west. Being the death- place of Lord Buddha, it is holy place for pilgrimage. Indo-Japanese Temple, Burmeses Temple, chinese Temple, Thai Temple, Korean, SriLankan, Tibettan temples, 15 Acres Meditation Park, Museum are the other attractions at Kushinagar.
|Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha, situated across the border in Nepal, 124 Km. north west of Gorakhpur. Here stands the Ashoka Pillar which bears the inscriptions 'The shakyamuni born here ' in Prakrit language, commemorating the emperor's visit to this place in the 20th year his coronation.Temple of Lord Buddha's mother, Mahamaya, is of importance. New monastries of different countries are coming up.|
|97 Km. north of Gorakhpur, on the
state highway-1A, Kapilvastu is now being developed
as an International Buddhist
Here, Lord Buddha spent 29 years of his early life. There is big stupa, from where the relics of Buddha were discovered during excavations. Ruins of monastries & palaces can be seen at Ganvaria. Also, there are some other historical religious places of worship, the shivling, Narahi, Kubernath and Palta Devi are temples of attraction. Narahi temple is dedicated to Surya, the Sun god and built on the pattern of Konark Style.
Chauri Chaura (SHAHEED SMARAK)
25 Km. from Gorakhpur, it
is the place of
historical importance. Here was the famous chauri-chaura
incidence of the 4th Feb.1922 took place. Shaheed Smarak, Park and Museaum are of great
Situated on National Highway -28, it is 27 Km. west of Gorakhpur in District Sant Kabir Nagar. It is the death place of great saint and social reformer of the medieval ages, SANT KABIR DAS . The 'Mazaar' and 'Samadhi Sthal' of Kabir Das stand side by side as a living symbol of communal harmony. On Makar Sankranti, a five-days festival of communal harmony is held here every year.
It is a 'Nirvana' place of Lord Mahavir, 24th tirthankar, 72 km. away, east of Gorakhpur on the National Highway -28 . Followers of Jain sect organise a festival here on the next day of Deepawali every year, when lord Mahavir hasd attained salvation.
Tarkulha Devi, the local deity is
closely associated with the great freedom fighter Bandhu Singh. A one-month long mela is held every
year on the occasion of 'Chaitra Ram