5. Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini, Nepal

Photo by Rbrajesh via Wikimedia Commons

Lumbini, Nepal is starting to become a famous place of pilgrimage since Lord Buddha was born in the gardens there in 623 B.C. The remains of the Maya Devi Temple are brick structures in a cross-wall system. Until recently, most information known about Buddha has come from scripture but now archaeologists have started to dig up tangible evidence of Buddha’s life, which may actually push back the Buddha’s birth date. At the Maya Devi Temple, archaeologists work along side praying monks and nuns. One of the archaeologists’ new discoveries was archaeologists ancient tree roots dating back to the 6th century B.C. which correlates with Buddha’s birth.