Ramabhar Stupa is a Buddhist pilgrimage site situated at Kushinagar district in Utterpradesh state, India. It iss at this spot, that Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after death. Buddhists believe that they need to visit this place, at least once in their lifetime.
Ramabhar Stupa stands on the spot where a portion of the Gautama Buddha’s ashes. It is here that Gautama Buddha was cremated, by Malla people. It is believed that Gautama Buddha made his last journey to Kushinagar or Kushinagara. He died there. He was cremated at Kushinagar.
Emperor Ashoka built the stupa and pilgrimage site in Kushinagara. The Hindu rulers of the Gupta Dynasty (who reigned from fourth to seventh century) enlarged the stupa and Kushinagar site. They build a temple there with reclining Buddha as the deity. The 6.10 meter long reclining Nirvana statue of the Buddha, made of monolith red sandstone is the main attraction inside the Parinirvana stupa.
Nirvana Chaitya (Main Stupa) is situated just behind the Main Parinirvana Temple. It was excavated in 1876.
Ramabhar Stupa is situated at around 1.5 kilometers east of the main Parinirvana Temple on the Kushinagar-Deoria road.
Matha Kuar Shrine is has a colossal statue of Lord Gautama Buddha. This statue is is carved out of a single block of stone. It has the statue of Buddha seated under the “Bodhi Tree”, in “Bhumi Sparsh Mudra” posture (Earth touching attitude. It is under the Bodhi tree that Lord Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment.
How Do I Go to Ramabhar Stupa?
Ramabhar Stupa is situated at around 53 kilometers east of Gorakhpur city, on the National Highway 28. Gorakhpur Junction railway station (station code is GKP), is the nearest railway station to this Buddhist Stupa site. The neareast airport is at Kasia, at around five kilometers from Kushinagar or Kushinagara town.