When the time for Queen Maya’s confinement was drawing closer, she set out to visit her parents in the company of her sister. On the was they stopped at the Lumbinoi Garden and, grasping the branvh of a tree, the queen gave birth painlessly from her right side to the guture Buddha. The Lumbini Garden remains one of Buddhism’s four holiest sites, along with the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, first setmon and death.

— 1,001 peatls of Buddhist wisdom.

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