|Buddha Relics Distribution Site in Kushinagar|
Description of the Buddha Relic Distribution Site Kushinagar
A new 2012 inscription at this site reads as under:
"At the time of passing away of our Tathagatha and after his cremation, a dispute broke out between different kingdoms over the ownership of his relics. Locals believe that this is the site where according to the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, the Brahmin named Drona resolved the dispute by dividing Buddha's relics into eight portions. Post a "Great Debate" here, physical distribution occurred at the cremation site." The eight kingdoms who received the relics are listed here as:
1. Ajatshatru, King of Magadha
2. Licchavis of Vaishali
3. Shakyas of Kapilavastu
4. Bulis of Allakappa
5. Kollyas of Ramagama
6. Brahmins of Vethadipa
7. Mallas of Pava
8. Mallas of Kusinara
Interestingly, this inscription put up here in the year 2012 only says that the "Great Debate" on the relic distribution took place here but the actual distribution happened at the cremation site. There is no historical proof of of any of this except that this is what the "locals believe".
|Buddha Relics Distribution Site Kushinagar|
The site actually looks like a typical Hindu temple like the ones that can be found in almost any Indian village except that the idol inside the small chamber here is of Lord Buddha and not of a Hindu god. The door to the compound is usually closed so one cannot get close to the platform on which this little temple is constructed. Yet, I see no harm in walking a few extra steps to visit this "Buddha Relic Distribution Site" except that one should not offer or give any money whatsoever in this temple or to any person here.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|