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places to visit in Kushinagar

Kushinagar is a famous piligrimage site for Buddhism in Uttar pradesh. It is a sacred place where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. According to history, it was under Kosala kingdom and was built by King Kush, son of Rama. Here are places to visit in Kushinagar.

Mahaparinirvana Temple

Mahaparinirvana temple is one of the holy place for Buddhists and Hindus and a must visit. The temple is situated in the center with sprawling gardens on either side of the temple. The six feet monolithic Buddha carved with single chunar red sandstone in a reclined position is the main attraction of the temple.  The Buddha was found during excavation with inscription of fifth century AD below the statue.

Kushinagar Museum:

Kushinagar museum is restored in 1992-93 and  a major attraction in the city. The museum contains excavation of various Buddhist findings. The museum has a vast collection of 248 antiques like  statues, sculptures, seals, coins and banners and a wide variety of different antiquities. The elite attraction of the museum is the stucco idol of Buddha in meditation pose which depicts Gandhara style art.

Ramabhar Stupa

Ramabhar stupa is one of the dominant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The 50 feet tallm circular  stupa stands on a high mound and is surrounded by lush green lawns that enhance the grace of the site. Ramabhar stupa is the place where Buddha attained salvation and is revered by all the Buddhist as one of the most holy site for Buddhist.
Sun temple:
The temple is dedicated to Sun god and is mentioned in Puranas. The temple is built during Gupta period and the idol of Sun god is carved out of a single sandstone. The statue was believed to have been found during excavations conducted between the 4th and the 5th centuries.

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