garden in which the Buddha was born,
situated between Kapilavatthu, his home town, and Devadaha.
In 250 BC King Asoka came on a pilgrimage to
Lumbini and raised a huge stone pillar with an inscription
on it. From then until about the 10th century AD the place
was popular with pilgrims but it never developed into an
important centre of Buddhism. Lost in the jungle for a thousand
years, Lumbini was re-discovered in 1896 by archaeologists.
Today it lies within Nepalese territory, just a few miles
from the border of India.
Dhammika, Middle Land Middle Way - A Pilgrim's Guide
to the Buddha's India, Kandy 1992.