The Mahaparinirvana Temple of Kushinagar was discovered during excavations here by archaeologist A.C.L. Carlleyle in 1876. When the excavation work for the Mahaparinirvana Stupa was being carried out, a temple was found close to the Stupa while removing the debris from the site. Later it appeared that the Stupa and the Temple had been constructed on the same brick platform. Further excavation of the site produced several pieces of a sand stone image of Lord Buddha in the Parinirvana posture. The pieces of the image appeared to have been subjected to repeated repairs and polishing. Upon restoration, the image was 19.5 feet long. The original temple was a two part structure. There was an open courtyard in the West. The main temple towards the East was a rectangular structure 12.50 meter long and 6.70 meter wide which was restored by Mr. Carlleyle in 1877 with the original Buddha image inside. This structure remained so till 1955. However, the space for devotees in the temple was very small and hence a new temple building was constructed in the year 1956, on the occasion of Lord Buddha's 2500th birth celebrations based on the recommendations of a Government appointed committee. Keep reading...
|The Mahaparinirvana Temple Kushinagar|
|Buddha Image in The Mahaparinirvana Temple Kushinagar|
The Mahaparinirvana Posture
|The Mahaparinirvana Posture in The Mahaparinirvana Temple Kushinagar|
Lord Buddha in this image is lying facing the West, head towards the North and feet towards the South. There are three small images on the western side of the Buddha image. The small image in the center is of a male monk who is meditating facing the Lord. The other two small images on either side of the male monk are of females in the mourning posture. A 5th century inscription on the pedestal below the Buddha image states that the Buddha image was carved by an artiste named "Din" under instructions from a devotee named Haribal.
Entry to the Mahaparinirvana Temple and the Mahaparinirvana Stupa is free and it is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|