This major Buddhist pilgrim centre is said to be the place where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. Tathagata, the recite of truth, breathed his last saying – “Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying, decay is inherent in all component things! Work out your salvation with diligence!”.
The sacred shrine commemorates the Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. It enshrines over 6m long statue of reclining Buddha, which was recovered from the site during the excavations of 1876. Carved form Chunar sandstone, the statue represents the dying Buddha, reclining on his right side. An inscription below dates the statue to the 5th century AD and is said to have been brought here from Mathura by a devout monk, Haribala, during the reign of King Kumara Gupta in the 5th century AD.
This huge 2.74 metres high brick stupa was discovered by Carlyl in 1876. A copper vessel unearthe contained the remains of Lord Buddha.
Mata Kunwar Shrine
It contains a 10th century blue schist image of Buddha.
The 49ft high stupa marks the sit ewhere Lord Buddha was cremated. Other places ofattractions are Chinese Temple, Japanese Temple, Tibetan Temple, An Indi – Japan – Sri Lankan Buddhist Centre and Kushinagar Museum etc.