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“A contemplative experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini, Nepal
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Lumbini
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A holy place for every Buddhist, Lumbini and the ancient ruins are associated with the birthplace of Buddha.
Hong Kong
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“A contemplative experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is a very special place, even if you're not a Buddhist. There's not a lot to "see", so make sure you allow some quiet time to soak up the experience in the peace garden and surrounds. The best times are early morning or dusk. It can be very hot during the main part of the day and there are a lot of quite pushy beggars around then, too. Just don't run in, go click click and run out again - you'll miss the real experience.

Visited October 2012
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Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
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“Skip it unless you are on a Buddhist pilrgimage”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Buddha birth site was interesting, but had not place near it where you could sit and meditate. When you get close to it, after a moment you will be pushed aside by the next viewer. Other temples and stupas being built on the grounds, For now, unless you are on a pilgrimage to the four essential Buddhist sites, don;t bother. To much time and expense to get here, for too little pay off.

Visited October 2012
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Better maintained than we had expected. Glad to see the Nepal government putting energy into this important site.

Visited September 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“a peaceful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

everything was good but had problem of toilets and mismanagement inside the development area like entrance to mayadevi temple which took us almost 2hrs to reach to temple from main gate. others its a perfect and peaceful place we hardly find else.

Visited April 2012
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“Surprised at how neglected this holy site is.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

We visited the Maya Devi site after touring all the various peace pagodas outside its boundaries. It's pretty cool to see the ruins of the Buddha's birthplace but we were surprised at how neglected and low-key it all appeared. Getting socked with a foreigners-only entry fee of 200 NP wasn't pleasant either - like many other World Heritage sites we're the only ones paying for their upkeep and restoration. The banyan tree behind the temple is impressive, but getting asked for money to take photos of it (by the touts and monks sitting beneath it) was another disappointment. The newly discovered 2,200 year old column marking the site of Buddha's birth (and convieniently declaring Lumbini tax exempt thereafter) was suspiciously new looking with no trace of whethering, age damage, or even erosion. All in all it's still a beautiful site but it didn't feel any more special than other roadside tourist traps, and that's just wrong.

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