About Lumbini Garden
You will enjoy seeing 13 banners depicting the life story of the Buddha along the arbour. You will also see a garden area with statues showing the birth of the Buddha and four stations for children to bath the Buddha. There will also be eight stations depicting the eight holy sites in the life of the Buddha which will include a game that people can play “Buddha where are you”. Your family and children are welcome to participate in our children’s story telling corner at different times on Saturday and Sunday. Your children will also have an area for colouring in pictures of the Buddha and the jumping animal toys will be back again this year.
The legend of the birth of the Buddha
The legendary tale of the birth of the Buddha is rich with myth and symbolism.
Twenty-five centuries ago King Suddhodana ruled a land near the Himalaya Mountains. His wife Queen Maya was expecting a baby. It was customary in those times that the female when nearing the time to give birth, would travel to her childhood home for the occasion. This was the case with Queen Maya as she travelled from the King’s capital Kapilavattau to her parents home in Devadana. On the way to Devadana the procession passed Lumbini Grove which was full of blossoming trees. Entranced, the Queen asked her courtiers to stop and she entered the grove. As she reached up to touch the blossoms, her son was born. Then the Queen and her son were showered with perfumed blossoms and two streams of sparkling water poured from the sky to bathe them. And the infant stood and took seven steps, and proclaimed “ I alone am the World-Honored One!
Then Queen Maya and her son returned to Kapilavattau. The Queen died seven days later, and the infant was nursed and raised by the Queen’s sister Pajapati, also married to King Suddhodana.