|places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the others being at Kushinagar, Bodh
Gaya and Sarnath. Lumbini, where the Buddha lived until the age of 29, has a
number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction.
Also located here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond where the Buddha's mother took
the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath, as well
as the remains of Kapilavastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier
Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and
finally relinquished earthly form.