Stupa of Heaped Lotuses

The main body of the stupa is characterized by the shape of a lotus and symbolizes the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became Buddha Shakyamuni.

This stupa is designed commemorating the Buddhas birth in the royal Lumbini garden on the seventh day of the four lunar month in the year 563 BC. At birth Buddha took seven steps in each of the four directions - East, South, West, and North. Most noteworthy, each direction lotuses sprang, symbolizing the Four Immeasurables: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The four steps of the basis of this stupa are circular, and it is decorated with lotus-petal designs.

Dimensions:

Total height      37,5 cm

Base width      18,2 cm

Internal volume        1,25 litters

Weight:

Without filling approx.   4,4 kg

Material:

Ceramic mass - artificial stone

Lumbini - birthplace of Buddha

Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Siddhartha, the prince who became the Buddha Sakyamuni, is one of the four central holy places of Buddhism. Located in modern Rummindei, Nepal, in the Himalayan foothills, the Lumbini of the Buddha’s day was an elegant garden named for Lumbini, the mother of Queen Maya. 

Here Queen Maya, stopping to rest on the journey from Kapilvastu to her parent’s home in Devdaha, felt the signs of impending birth. Reaching out, she grasped a branch of plaksa tree with her right hand and the Bodhisattva, the future Buddha, emerged from her right side. Sakra, Lord of the Trayastrimsa Heaven, received the child into his arms and lowered him gently to earth. Lotuses arose under the child’s feet as he took seven steps in the four directions, proclaimed his purpose, then stood still while the naga kings Nanda and Upananda showered him with warm and cool streams of water. After the birth, Queen Maya took her bath of purification in a nearby river fragrant with sweet-smelling oils. In later years, after the enlightenment, the Buddha stopped here on his way to Devadaha and gave the teaching known as the Devadaha-sutta.

 

~ Holy places of the Buddha

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