|The Ramabhar (Mukutbandhan-Chaitya) Stupa Kushinagar|
The discovery of the Ramabhar Stupa as being Lord Buddha's cremation site is credited to General Alexander Cunningham in the 18th century. According to the results of the excavation done by him and considering the accounts of the Chinese travelers who had visited Kushinagar in the olden times, General Cunningham opined that this actually was Lord Buddha's cremation ground. The Chinese traveler Hsuan Tsang had stated that Samrat Ashoka got a Stupa constructed here at the site of Lord Buddha's cremation. There are historical accounts that establish Samrat Ashoka's visit to Kushinagar but whether he got the Stupa constructed is not really established. The Stupa is almost double in size as compared to the nearby Mahaparinirvana Stupa. After General Cunningham, there have been a few more attempts at excavation here but nothing of historical value was discovered.
|Excavated remains near The Ramabhar (Mukutbandhan-Chaitya) Stupa Kushinagar|
There are a few small Stupas constructed by devotees around the main Stupa and the excavated remains of a few other structures too.
Meditation at Mukutbandhan-Chiatya
|Meditating monks at The Ramabhar (Mukutbandhan-Chaitya) Stupa Kushinagar|
Buddhist monks can be seen meditating here. There is a story of a Chinese monk, U. Surya, who came to this place in 1923 and decided to stay here for good. He used to live an a tree near the Stupa and came to be known as "Chinese Baba". He even got a small hut and a Buddha temple constructed on the other side of the road. U. Surya died in 1971.
|Entry to The Ramabhar (Mukutbandhan-Chaitya) Stupa Kushinagar|
The Ramabhar (Mukutbandhan-Chiatya) Stupa has now been developed in to a small park by the Archaeological Survey of India and is the greenest of all Buddhist sites in Kushinagar. Entry to the Stupa is allowed daily from sunrise to sunset. There is no entry fee.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|