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Kushinagar
Kushinagar MapKushinagar is celebrated as the place where the Buddha died and was cremated and passed in to parinirvana. It was here that the Tathagata, the reciter of truth, breathed his last with the last words. A temple dedicated to the event - the Mahaparinirvana temple today stands amidst a serene 'sal' grove.

The giant statue of the Reclining Buddha, excavated in 1876 at the temple, is of the most significant of all sights for the devout. The whole of Kushinagar, since the Mahaparinirvana of Gautam Buddha, was turned in to a memorial site with stupas including the relic stupa-Mukutbandhana & Gupta period Chaitayas & Viharas, built by the devout kings. It is of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Monasteries established after the death of Buddha flourished here until the 13th century.

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