Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Nan Tien Temple: the Lumbini Garden

Lumbini means "the lovely", and is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.

It is here that Queen Mayadevi gave birth to the baby (Prince Siddhartha Gautama ) who would become the Buddha.

Mayadevi was apparently travelling back to her parents' home in to have her baby when she came across a beautiful grove full of flowers and fruit. She stopped to rest here and soon after gave birth.


  1. Don't know whether you ever saw the Japanese series called Monkey in the late 70's. It was about these 3 gods who were protecting a prince called Tripitaka, who might have been Budda's son. Weird stories, badly lip synced but good fun.

  2. That is all just magnificent.

  3. I've never seen any tribute to the Queen. Fascinating. (I see she has the large ears too.)
    Another terrific series, Sally.

  4. Great shots of a wonderful subject!

  5. The garden is nicely developed. I saw the temple some time ago and, for one, was blown away by the details and quality of the building considering how little, if any, experience our builders have of the tradition

  6. I have just returned from a tour of Buddhist sites in India including Lumbini, Nepal. One of the tourists said he saw an Australian temple in Lumbini. Does anyone know anything about this temple?