Rupa Devi

Many Hindus regard the Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu and thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here on the full moon of the Nepali month of Baisakh to worship Maya Devi as Rupa Devi, the mother goddess of Lumbini.

Buddha Jayanti

The most important Buddhist celebration at Lumbini is this annual festival held in April or May, when busloads of Buddhists from India and Nepal come here to celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Pilgrims also come here to worship each purnima (the night of the full moon) and astami (the eighth night after the full moon). Read more