Maha Bodhi Society of India, Lumbini Centre, Nepal – Maha Maya Vishwa Shanti Vihara at Lumbini
The Vihara was built in 2000 in Lumbini, the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, which is one of the most important sacred places for the Buddhists as declared by Buddha himself. It was one of the wishes of Anagarika Dharmapala to build a Vihara at Lumbini after the construction of the Mulaganadha Kuti Vihara at Sarnath. The land was donated in 1993 by the Lumbini Development Trust of the Royal Government of Nepal. In 1996 Ven. Dr. D. Rewatha Thero, General Secretary, Maha Bodhi Society of India, started the plan for the construction of the Vihara. At this stage Madama Asha Okada of Japan during her visit to Sarnath encouraged him to proceed with his plan to build the temple promising funds for this purpose. In spite of several obstructions which came in the way, Ven. Dr. D. Rewatha Thero with his firm determination and continued assistance and guidance received from Madam Asha Okada, completed the construction. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of an international gathering on 8 November 2000.
It has accommodation facilities for pilgrims and a Buddha Vihara.
Address: Maha Bodhi Society of India, Lumbini Centre,Maha Maya Vishwa Shanti Buddha Vihara, Plot EC-8, East Monastic Zone, Lumbini, Rupandehi District, NEPAL.
Tel. +97-771580144, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact : Bhikkhu-in-Charge, Lumbini Centre.